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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 98, Raptors 84

By Mike Mazzeo



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WHAT IT MEANS: With Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline fast approaching, the Nets took care of business on Wednesday night, beating the Raptors 98-84 at Prudential Center to snap a two-game losing streak. They are now 5-15 at home, and 15-29 overall.

TURNING POINT: The Nets shot 57.9 percent in the third quarter and outscored the Raptors 27-15 in the period to turn a five-point halftime deficit into a 68-61 lead heading into the fourth.

HUMP DAY: Coming off a career-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance on Monday night, Kris Humphries recorded his team-leading 19th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points, grabbing a season-high 21 boards, blocking three shots and adding three steals. He had eight points and eight rebounds in the first quarter alone, and shot 7-for-18 from the field overall in 38 minutes.

GREEN MACHINE: Gerald Green continues to impress. The 26-year-old wing dropped in a game-high 26 points -- 16 in the fourth -- in 25 minutes off the bench on 9-for-13 shooting and 7-for-9 from the free throw stripe.

NEED YOU, D-WILL: Deron Williams missed his third straight game with a strained right calf, and is still day to day. In his place, backup Jordan Farmar had five turnovers and just three assists.

BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: Humphries' fast-break, one-handed slam that tied the score at 6 early in the first quarter.

STAT OF THE GAME: The Nets' benched combined for 61 points. Their starters had 37.

UP NEXT: Nets at Magic, Friday night. Question is: What uniform will Dwight Howard be wearing?