DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors take on the Nets in Game 6 Friday night
Here are the top stats to know for each team heading into Game 6.
The Nets are 0-4 all-time as an NBA franchise in best-of-7 series when trailing 3-2.
They are trying to be the first Eastern Conference 6-seed to beat a 3-seed since the Nets beat the Raptors in the 2007 first round. Current Nets head coach Jason Kidd averaged a triple-double in that series with 14 PPG, 10 RPG and 13.2 APG.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have 277 games worth of playoff experience while the entire Raptors roster has just 202. The Nets duo has combined for 5,467 points in their postseason careers, more than four and a half times that of the Raptors roster (1,208).
Experience isn’t everything in this series, however. The Nets were outscored by 31 points in 24 minutes with Pierce on the court in Game 5, his worst plus-minus in any game since May 10, 2008, against the Cavaliers.
Deron Williams is averaging 23.0 points and 1.5 turnovers per game in the two Nets victories. In their three losses Williams is averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 turnovers per game.
The Raptors are seeking their second playoff series win in franchise history. They defeated the New York Knicks in the first round in 2001. The Raptors’ 13 year drought is tied for the 2nd-longest active drought in the NBA. Only the Trail Blazers have gone longer without a playoff series win (14 years).
Kyle Lowry scored 17 of his career playoff high 36 points when guarded by Williams in Game 5. Lowry is now averaging 21.8 points per game in the series, five more points per game than Williams.
Should the Raptors win this series, they will face the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Raptors are 0-14 against the Heat in the James-Wade-Bosh era (start of the 2010-11 season).