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Raptors end Nets' winning streak with a 104-103 victory

Patrick Patterson stole Deron Williams' inbounds pass and made the go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds left

Raptors' Greivis Vasquez and Kyle Lowry celebrate win
(Associated Press)

Patrick Patterson stole Deron Williams' inbounds pass and made the go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds left, and the Toronto Raptors stopped a five-game winning streak by the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this month with a 104-103 victory Monday night.
    
Brooklyn had a three-point lead with 17 seconds left behind Paul Pierce in his best game with the Nets, but John Salmons scored on a drive with 12 seconds remaining before Brooklyn took its last timeout to move the ball into the frontcourt.
    
Patterson stole the pass and fed Kyle Lowry, who got it back to Patterson for his jumper. Pierce was well off on a final attempt.
    
Lowry finished with 31 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Nets for the Atlantic Division lead.

Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who played without injured leading scorer DeMar DeRozan. Terrence Ross, who tied a franchise record with 51 points and made 10 3-pointers Saturday, had a quiet 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting.
    
But Toronto got a big boost from Patterson, who ditched the mask he began the game with for a recent broken nose and finished with 15 points off the bench.
    
``This is all about our toughness, our resiliency,'' Patterson said, ``no matter who's out there during the course of the game, no matter who's not playing.''

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  1. john posted on 01/28/2014 11:59 AM
    so unlike the leafs the raptors win games .
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