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Raptors top Nets for fourth straight win

Toronto played at close to full strength for the first time in weeks with the return of guards Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.
The Raptors' Pascal Siakam (43) scores past the Nets' DeAndre Jordan (6) in Toronto's win Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Siakam scores a team-high 27 points.
The Raptors' Pascal Siakam (43) scores past the Nets' DeAndre Jordan (6) in Toronto's win Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Siakam scores a team-high 27 points. [ MIKE CARLSON | AP ]
Published Apr. 22

TAMPA — Pascal Siakam had 27 points and nine rebounds, OG Anunoby scored 25 and the Raptors seized control in the third quarter in a 114-103 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to four games.

Kyrie Irving had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Bruce Brown had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, who again played without injured Kevin Durant.

Playing at close to full strength for the first time in weeks with the return of guards Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, Toronto shot 54 percent and outscored the Nets 36-23 in the third.

“OG got us going early, then Pascal got it going, and we just continued to get better throughout the game,” Lowry said. “We figured it out.”

Siakam, Lowry and Van- Vleet, among the NBA leaders in minutes before being hit by injuries, were active together for the first time in 12 games. The Raptors went 6-5 in that stretch.

“The chemistry built throughout the game,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “I thought our guys did a really good job of adjusting. Obviously, we were creating a lot of good shots. I think it was a good step forward.”

Durant missed a second full game after aggravating his thigh injury in the first quarter Sunday at Miami.

Raptors power forward Chris Boucher was helped off the floor with an ankle injury with 10:53 remaining.

Bucs receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Justin Watson, all wearing Raptors/Siakam jerseys, were given a scoreboard introduction. Godwin held a replica of the Vince Lombardi trophy.

— BY DICK SCANLON

BROOKLYN (103): Green 2-9 3-4 8, Jo.Harris 5-10 0-0 14, Griffin 3-6 3-5 9, Irving 10-21 6-6 28, Shamet 3-17 2-2 10, A.Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 8-14 3-4 21, Luwawu-Cabarrot 2-9 0-0 6, Jordan 3-4 1-2 7. Totals 36-91 18-23 103.

TORONTO (114): Anunoby 8-14 5-5 25, Siakam 10-19 5-6 27, Birch 3-5 1-2 8, Lowry 4-12 3-4 14, VanVleet 5-13 2-2 17, Gillespie 1-4 2-2 4, Trent Jr. 2-9 0-0 5, Watanabe 2-4 0-0 5, Boucher 2-5 0-0 4, Flynn 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 39-90 18-21 114.

Brooklyn 36 22 23 22 — 103

Toronto 23 33 36 22 — 114

3-Point Goals—Brooklyn 13-41 (Jo.Harris 4-5, Brown 2-4, Irving 2-5, Luwawu-Cabarrot 2-6, Shamet 2-12, Green 1-7, Griffin 0-2), Toronto 18-47 (VanVleet 5-10, Anunoby 4-9, Lowry 3-9, Siakam 2-5, Birch 1-2, Flynn 1-3, Watanabe 1-3, Trent Jr. 1-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Brooklyn 50 (Brown 14), Toronto 48 (Siakam 9). Assists—Brooklyn 19 (Irving 8), Toronto 23 (Siakam 6). Total Fouls—Brooklyn 17, Toronto 20.