Poor shooting ends the Raptors streak at 15, just before the Allstar break
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Final Score, Toronto Raptors 91 - Brooklyn Nets 101
Brooklyn, NY - The Raptors might have been looking forward to the Allstar weekend a little too much. A poor shooting performance finishing just 37.9 percent from the field. The Raptors lost in Brooklyn to the Nets 101-91. Toronto’s two allstar’s both struggled from the floor. Kyle Lowry had a triple double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. He played solid but was four of 13. Pascal SIakam had a game to forget, with 16 points on 17 shots.
It was a struggle for the Raptors to start offensively, just eight points to the Nets ten. Serge Ibaka back from injury looked rusty, with two early turnovers.
With 35 seconds left Toronto was shooting just 35 percent with 16 points. Kyle Lowry made a much needed three.
After one Brooklyn held a narrow 23-19 lead. They were looking smooth with nine assists to just one turnover.
The second didn’t look much better. With three minutes left they trailed by double digits, 42-32. Nobody on the Raptors was in double figures and Siakam was just two of eight from the floor for four points. Nick Nurse called a timeout to try and address it.
The end of the half looked a lot different for each squad. Siakam was into double digits with 10. The Nets Caris LeVert was on fire all week and that continued through 24 minutes. He had 12 points and four steals. Brooklyn led Toronto 52-40.
The efficiency just wasn’t there all night.
More open three’s that just weren't falling. After three quarters Toronto trailed 75-65. After his early struggles Ibaka was back to form with a team leading 17 points. He was the only Raptor with more than five shots that was above fifty percent shooting.
It was a struggle to start with the Nets extending their lead up to 15, 80-65 just a few minutes into the final frame.
The fourth was better offensively but Toronto was matched by the Nets. The game ended 101-91. Fred VanVleet had 22 points on 19 shots and had just one assist. Ibaka in his return had a fantastic last three quarters and finished with a game high 28 points.
Brooklyn was led by LeVert’s 20 but also had great contributions from Joe Harris who had 19 and Spencer Dinwiddie’s 17.
Next up, it's All-Star weekend so the Raptors have a lot of time off. A four game homestand starts on Friday, February 21st, against the Phoenix Suns.