Rap­tors brought down by Brooklyn

Toronto falls in over­time, 106-105 to the host Nets

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NEW YORK — Kawhi Leonard’s short shot went in and out. Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer went around the rim and spun out.

For 3 1/2 years, the Toronto Rap­tors had al­ways found a way to beat the Brooklyn Nets. This time, not one, but two chances just wouldn’t fall.

“Just how the game goes some­times,” said Leonard.

That al­lowed the Nets to snap an eightgame los­ing streak over­all and a 12-game skid against the Rap­tors with a 106-105 win in over­time on Fri­day night.

D’An­gelo Rus­sell scored 29 points, in­clud­ing six in over­time, and the Nets beat the Rap­tors for the first time since April 3, 2015.

“Needed that. Re­ally did,” Rus­sell said. “It was tough. We knew what we had to do to get it. So now we just got to keep go­ing.”

Jar­rett Allen made the go-ahead bas­ket for the Nets with a lit­tle more than a minute left, their only bas­ket in over­time not made by Rus­sell.

Leonard scored 32 points for the Rap­tors, but Toronto couldn’t get a look for him on its fi­nal posses­sion and had to set­tle for VanVleet’s 3-pointer that just missed. Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas added 24 points for the Rap­tors.

Valan­ci­u­nas made just his 10th start of the sea­son, with Serge Ibaka com­ing off the bench.

NBA as­sists leader Kyle Lowry had 11 for the Rap­tors but was just 1-for-8 from the field for three points.

Spencer Din­wid­die scored 17 points for Brooklyn, which had been reg­u­larly fall­ing short dur­ing its los­ing streak. The Nets had lost five times by sin­gle dig­its, in­clud­ing three two-point losses.

The Nets led by seven with un­der five min­utes re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, but Leonard fed VanVleet for a 3-pointer and then scored the next six points him­self to give Toronto a 96-94 edge with 2:23 to play. But Leonard’s shot from in the lane rat­tled out with seven sec­onds to play.

Un­de­terred, Leonard blocked Din­wid­die’s shot on the other end to force OT.

Rus­sell had the first two bas­kets in the ex­tra ses­sion, Leonard made the next two, but the Rap­tors couldn’t get one more shot to fall to take home a vic­tory be­fore their sched­ule turns tough.

The Rap­tors next host Mil­wau­kee on Sun­day night.

SPURS 133, LAK­ERS 120

SAN AN­TO­NIO — De­Mar DeRozan had 36 points and nine as­sists and San An­to­nio ral­lied to beat Los An­ge­les. LeBron James led the Lak­ers with 35 points, 11 as­sists and eight re­bounds.

By The As­so­ci­ated Press

Toronto Rap­tors for­ward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the bas­ket against Brooklyn Nets for­ward Ron­dae Hol­lis-Jef­fer­son (24) dur­ing first-half NBA ac­tion Fri­day in Brooklyn.

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