Posted Date: April 23, 2014

Kevin Garnett: “I don’t know if you can say ‘F— Brooklyn’ and then come into Brooklyn”

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Kevin Garnett fired back at Raptors GM Masai Ujiri’s jab at Brooklyn. (Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Raptors and Nets are headed to the Barclays Center with their series tied 1-1, and Kevin Garnett has sent out a not-so-welcoming message to his neighbors from the north.

“I don’t know if you can say ‘F Brooklyn’ and then come into Brooklyn,” Garnett said Tuesday. “So we’re about to see what it’s like.”

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Posted Date: April 23, 2014

Three-Pointers: DeMar DeRozan, Raptors hold off Nets to lock series at 1-1

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DeMar DeRozan was instrumental to Toronto's late-game offense. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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.

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Posted Date: April 23, 2014

Three-Pointers: Pacers take frustrations out on Hawks to even series in Game 2

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The Pacers outscored the Hawks 53-33 in the second half of their Game 2 win. (Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty Images)

After sleepwalking through the first six quarters of the playoffs (and the last month of the regular season), the Indiana Pacers snapped out of their extended snooze Tuesday, clobbering the Atlanta Hawks 101-85 in Game 2 to even their first-round series 1-1.

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Posted Date: April 23, 2014

Video: Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich, Wizards’ Bradley Beal scrap in Game 2

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Kirk Hinrich and Bradley Beal received technical fouls for scrapping during Washington’s 101-99 overtime victory over Chicago in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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Posted Date: April 23, 2014

Video: Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan throws down lefty dunk vs. Nets

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DeMar DeRozan threw down an emphatic left-handed dunk during the Raptors’ 100-95 victory over the Nets in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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