DeMar DeRozan poured in 30 points to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 100-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their playoff series Tuesday, showing none of the post-season jitters that had plagued him in Game 1.
The best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is tied at one game apiece.
Amir Johnson had 16 points and nine rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 boards for his second double-double of the series, while Kyle Lowry had 14 points, nine boards and six assists. Patrick Patterson added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Atlantic Division champions.
Joe Johnson topped the Nets with 18 points, while Deron Williams had 15, Mirza Teletovic added 14, and Kevin Garnett fnished with 13.
Toronto outrebounded Brooklyn 52-30.
The series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on Sunday.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey predicted a completely different group of players - especially DeRozan - would show up for Game 2 after the majority of them looked overwhelmed by the bright lights of the playoffs in Game 1.
The Raptors led by as much as 11 in the second quarter but the Nets got hot in the third and took a 66-64 advantage into the fourth. Paul Pierce, who scorched the Raptors down the stretch in Game 1, missed on a shot that would have tied the game with about 30 seconds to play, and then DeRozan drained two free throws with 20.6 seconds left to seal the victory for Toronto.
As in Game 1, hundreds of fans jammed Maple Leaf Square outside the ACC to watch the game on the giant screen.