It wasn’t even an upset on paper. If you look at both rosters, without glancing at the regular season standings, you’d probably guess that the Brooklyn Nets were the No. 3 seed, not the Toronto Raptors.
Technically, the Nets upset the Raptors in Game 7 (on the road) 104-103 to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Nets rode Joe Johnson late, who scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Deron Williams, who finished with 13 points and four assists, missed a couple of key free throws late that could’ve proved costly, but the Raptors failed to take advantage after Paul Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry’s game-winning layup attempt at the buzzer.
Marcus Thornton added a huge 17 points off the bench, and an even bigger five made 3’s.
In the loss, Toronto was led by Lowry’s 28 points and Amir Johnson’s 20. Patrick Patterson added 16 points (and was a team-high plus-14) off the bench.
The Nets will be making their first conference semifinals appearance for the first time since 2007, when they were the New Jersey Nets. Ironically, that year, they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Semifinals, who were led by one LeBron James.
They face the Miami Heat, starting Tuesday, who are also led by said LeBron James. Add another storyline to this matchup.
PARTING STAT: The Nets swept the Heat 4-0 in the regular season series. Annnnnnnnnd converse.