DeMar DeRozan was instrumental to Toronto’s late-game offense. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Following a close loss in the final moments of Game 1, Toronto rallied behind 30 points and a pair of gutsy shots from DeMar DeRozan to take Game 2, 100-95, from Brooklyn in similar fashion. Five other Raptors — including a resurgent Amir Johnson (16 points on 10 shots, nine rebounds, two blocks) and an unshakable Kyle Lowry (14 points, six assists, nine rebounds) — scored in double figures to help tie the series at 1-1.
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• DeMar DeRozan made up for lost time. The DeRozan of Game 1 was crowded, pressured and frustrated to inefficiency. The DeRozan of Game 2 was all of those things as well, but moved beyond them. In time DeRozan stabilized while working his way through a formidable Nets defense, progressing to the point that he gave the Raptors an invaluable source of fourth quarter scoring.