Toronto Raptors Suffer Loss to Brooklyn Nets, 15 Game Win-Streak Ends
We have truly been spoiled by the Toronto Raptors.
This is truly a weird feeling. After 15 straight wins – nearly a month-long stretch of no losses – the Raptors have fallen in what was a very strange game agains the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 101-91.
“We didn’t play well. Simple as that,” Kyle Lowry, who finished the night with a triple-double, said. “They played well and give them credit, they played their butts off. They beat us. It’s only one game.”
Despite appearing absolutely unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor over their last 15 games, the Raptors came out flat and remained flat throughout the night. The transition game was non-existent, the Raptors were unable to generate much offense off of turnovers, and the perimeter shot was just not falling. The ingredients to the Raptors success was just not there tonight and while defensively, the Raptors were able to keep themselves in close proximity to their Atlantic Division foes, their offence never found its flow.
All in all, the depleted Raptors looked ready for the All-Star break to begin.
“In the big scheme of things, you look at the overall of where you’re sitting and have to be pleased with that,” coach Nick Nurse said.
Caris LeVert came up big on Wednesday night against the Raptors once again. Finishing with 37 points in a nail-biting 119-118 loss to the Raptors just days ago, LeVert led the Nets with 20 points. Joe Harris paced the young guard with 19 points, while Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 17 points.
“I think we felt like we were right there in Toronto. We were really a last second tip-in from winning the game and we were confident going into it,” Harris said. “Obviously any time you play home in front of your own fans, you definitely get a distinct advantage that way”.
Very clearly feeling the void of Marc Gasol on this night in particular, the Raptors hope to see the Spaniard back in the lineup following the All-Star break when they take on the Phoenix Suns on February 21. There remains no timetable on Norman Powell’s availability.
In the meantime, the All-Star break is set to begin as the Raptors send Pascal Siakam, Lowry as well as their entire coaching staff down to Chicago for what should be an exciting weekend!