Nets edge Rap­tors to halt los­ing streak

Times Colonist - - Sports - BRIAN MAHONEY

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

For 3 12 ⁄ 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,” Leonard said.

That al­lowed the Nets to snap an eight-game los­ing streak over­all and a 12-game skid against the Rap­tors with a 106-105 vic­tory 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 goa­head 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 three-pointer that just missed.

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.

Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas added 24 points for the Rap­tors.

The Nets led by seven with un­der five min­utes re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, but Leonard fed VanVleet for a three-pointer and then scored the next six points him­self to give Toronto a 96-94 edge with 2:23 to play. But his shot from in the lane rat­tled out with 7 sec­onds to play.

“Ball was in and out,” Leonard said.

He then he blocked Din­wid­die’s shot on the other end to force OT.

Rus­sell had the first two bas­kets in the ex­tra ses­sion.

MARY ALTAFFER, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rap­tors guard Fred VanVleet goes to the bas­ket against Nets cen­tre Jar­rett Allen on Fri­day.

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