NEW YORK -- There would be no payback. Not on this night.
Monday at Barclays Center it was Toronto 104, Brooklyn 103.
A bad pass by Deron Williams intended for Joe Johnson proved to be the difference. Patrick Patterson intercepted it and ended up making the game winner with 6 seconds left. Paul Pierce's desperation heave hit the front of the rim, and that was it.
What it means: The Nets’ five-game winning streak is over, and their lack of late-game execution is to blame. Brooklyn dropped to 20-23 overall, 10-2 in January. The lineup of Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Johnson, Pierce and Kevin Garnett is no longer undefeated (8-1). Huge win by the Raptors (23-21), who were without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan.
Truth: Pierce had 23 of his season-high 33 points in the second half. He also knocked down a season-high seven 3-pointers. Pierce appeared to hurt his right shoulder/neck at the end of the first quarter but remained in the game.
Play of the game: Kyle Lowry, once a Brooklyn trade target, hit a 48-footer from just beyond half court as time expired in the second quarter. Lowry torched the Nets, scoring 20 of his 31 points in the first half.
Suspect officiating: There were a lot of fouls called (41). There were a lot of free throw attempts (48). There were a lot of technicals assessed (three). Pierce and Garnett were both hit with technical fouls in the third quarter. So was Lowry.
Say it ain't Joe: Johnson’s struggles continued (12 points, 3-for-10 shooting). In his past three games, he’s just 6-for-22 from the field.
Champs are here? The Nets welcomed several members of the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks and gave them a suite to watch the game. Richard Sherman sat courtside. Jason Terry, who hails from Seattle, is a die-hard Seahawks fan, and hopes to attend Sunday’s Super Bowl at nearby MetLife Stadium. Terry hugged Sherman quickly before checking into the game at the start of the second quarter.