BROOKLYN – The Brooklyn Nets were built to prevail in the playoffs, built to succeed in a series just like this one with the Toronto Raptors.
This best-of-seven heads back to Toronto tied at two games apiece after the Raptors held on for an 87-79 win in Barclays Center Sunday night.
It was a game of brutal swings. Toronto built a 17-point lead in the second quarter that the Nets erased.
The Nets forged a five-point lead late in the third quarter that the Raptors erased. Ultimately, the Raptors made the clutch shots down the stretch.
After Kevin Garnett made two free throws with 4:58 left giving the Nets a 79-78 lead, they failed to score again. They missed their final five shots and committed four straight turnovers.
These teams have met eight times this season with seven of those games decided by eight or less points. Every game has gotten more physical and intense.
It's time for the Nets experience, leadership and depth to rise up, time for this playoff-built team to take the next step.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in Toronto. The teams have split there. They have split in Brooklyn. Something's got to give.