Video: An elated, relieved Jason Kidd celebrates Nets’ close win over Raptors
Jason Kidd’s head coaching career is off to an inauspicious start, as his Nets — presumed at one point to challenge the Heat and Pacers at the top of the Eastern Conference — managed to win just three of their first 13 games. Kidd did find some reason for relief, though, as Brooklyn held on just enough to notch its fourth win over the season on Tuesday night against the Raptors. Despite holding a 15-point lead with 3:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, Kidd almost saw his team fritter the game away.
After the Nets had established their 15-point lead, then came a trio of free throws by Steve Novak, who had drawn a shooting foul on the Nets’ Tyshawn Taylor. Then Kyle Lowry chipped in a pair of baskets, followed by a pair of free throws. Amir Johnson snuck in two points of his own, and Rudy Gay capped off the furious rally with a three-pointer. Toronto authored a 14-0 run in a game that should have been out of reach, only to come up just short on its final attempts to complete the comeback.
That’s just the kind of nerve-racking conclusion that would leave Kidd celebrating in disbelief, as not even the Nets could follow through on such a complete collapse. Enjoy the moment, Jason. I know we will.
Video via The Brooklyn Game