TORONTO — Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points each to lift the Brooklyn Nets to a 94-87 win over Toronto on Saturday, giving the Nets Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series against a young Raptors squad.
Kyle Lowry had 22 points for Toronto, making its first playoff appearance in six years. Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 boards in a game that had just about everything — from an apology from Raptors GM Masai Urjiri for dropping an F-bomb to a faulty shot clock.
Paul Pierce added 15 points for the Nets and was especially lethal down the stretch, scoring nine points in the final 2:58. Shaun Livingston had 10 points as Brooklyn scored 17 points off 19 Toronto turnovers.
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