Nets Falls to Raptors 116-104

Kyle Lowry had 23 points, Norman Powell scored a season-high 21 and the Toronto Raptors defeated the Nets 116-104 on Tuesday night.

Lowry, who shot 8 of 12 from the field and 3 of 5 on 3-pointers, added eight assists and four rebounds before sitting out the final 6 minutes as the Raptors (20-8) won their second straight.

Six different Raptors scored in double figures. Toronto never trailed and led by as many as 23.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 19 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Nets (7-20), who lost their third straight and fifth in six games. Spencer Dinwiddie added 14 points.

It was the 10th straight road loss for the Nets. They are 1-13 away from home this season.

The Raptors led 91-72 going into the fourth quarter thanks to a balanced offense. Five Toronto players scored in double figures through three, led by Lowry and DeMarre Carroll with 17 apiece.

The Nets shot just 36 percent from the field through three quarters, including 26 percent from 3-point range. The Raptors were at 49 percent overall, including 44 percent from beyond the arc.

Toronto took a 64-46 lead into the halftime break.

The Nets cut the lead to four on Jeremy Lin's 3 with 4:33 to go in the second, but the Raptors closed the half on a 17-3 run to take control.

Nearly half of the Nets' field goal attempts in the first half, 22 of 45 shots, were from 3-point range. They hit seven of them, while the Raptors were 5 for 9 from beyond the arc through two quarters.

The Raptors led 29-23 after one. They shot 52 percent from the field and every starter made at least one field goal. The Nets hit 43 percent from the floor in the quarter.


Nets: Brooklyn C Brook Lopez, the team's leading scorer, did not play (rest). . F Bojan Bogdanovic is the only Brooklyn player to start all 27 games this season. . Brooklyn was 7 for 22 from 3-point territory in the first half and 3 of 13 in the second half.

Raptors: F Patrick Patterson dressed but did not play (rest). . C Jonas Valanciunas finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds for his team-leading 10th double-double of the season. . Toronto dominated inside, outscoring the Nets 60-44 in the paint.


Nets: Brooklyn returns home to host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, having lost both games in the series last season.

Raptors: Toronto, which has tied a club record with five straight road wins, begins a six-game trip in Utah on Friday night.

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