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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 113, Raptors 106

By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPN NewYork.com

WHAT IT MEANS: Confidence is everything. And every player on the Brooklyn Nets appears to have it.

Using a balanced attack, the Nets won their season-high seventh game in a row, beating the pesky and shorthanded Toronto Raptors, 113-106, on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

It’s tied for the sixth-longest winning streak in franchise history. The Nets (23-15) are 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, 15-0 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played).

Five Nets scored in double figures. They have won a season-high tying six straight games at home and are 11-3 against Eastern Conference opponents in their Brooklyn arena.

BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez, coming off a pair of subpar performances (10-for-30 shooting), posted 22 points and nine rebounds in just 29 minutes (10-for-10 free-throw line). It was his first 20-point performance since Jan. 4.

BROOKLYN’S BACKCOURT:
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both played extremely well. Williams, who said before the game that he didn’t think he deserved to be an All-Star, scored 21 points and dished out seven assists. He has made 40 consecutive free throws. Williams appeared to tweak his ankle in the second quarter but played through it. Johnson, who will play the Hawks for the first time since being traded to the Nets on Wednesday night, had 14 of his 21 points in the second half.

STATS COOL: The Nets shot 49.4 percent from the field. They outscored the Raptors, 52-40 in the paint and led by as many as 15. Their bench scored 40 points.

IT’LL DO: The Nets outscored the Raptors 29-26 in the third quarter and led by as many as nine. They went 3-for-6 from 3-point range in the frame. Brooklyn’s big three had 23 points.

REALLY WEIRD: The Nets trailed by as many as 10 in the second quarter, and didn’t hit their first field goal until the 5:41 mark when Mirza Teletovic drained a 3. Teletovic wasn’t finished, though. He scored seven more points in the frame, and the Nets rallied back to take a 54-50 lead into the locker room.

STRANGE, ISN’T IT? The Nets missed 10 of their first 12 shots, then proceeded to close the first quarter by hitting 10 of their last 14. Brooklyn’s Big 3 combined for 21 during the first.

WHO’S IN THE HOUSE: Jay-Z, Ron Darling

UP NEXT:
Johnson’s return to Atlanta. Nets at Hawks on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.