The Nets' minuscule chances of getting the No. 3 seed ended when they lost to the Toronto Raptors 93-87 on Sunday afternoon at Air Canada Center.
The Nets (47-33, 24-17 road), who fell to 30-5 against sub-.500 teams, had won their previous four games. They had locked up at least the No. 4 seed on Friday night in Indiana.
Brooklyn trailed by as many as 21 on Sunday before cutting its deficit to two late in the fourth quarter. The Nets wouldn't get any closer.
Deron Williams led the Nets with 30 points and seven assists. For the second straight game, he banged his left knee while trying to get around a screen late in the fourth quarter and went down, but stayed in.
SECOND IS THE WORST: The Nets were outscored 27-12 in the second quarter. They shot just 34.1 percent in the first half, 3-for-15 from 3-point range. Brooklyn's 32 first-half points were one shy of its season low.
NOT SO BAD IN THE THIRD: D-Will had 15 points in the third quarter and the Nets outscored the Raptors 27-19 in the period. They trailed 70-59 heading into the fourth.
MR. T: Reggie Evans picked up his third technical foul in three games.
TWO: D-Will tied Jerry Stackhouse in dunks with his second of the season, on a breakaway late in the first quarter.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
QUESTION: Would you rest D-Will, Iso Joe and perhaps others for the final two games?