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Siakam, Leonard lead Raptors past Nets 115-105

NEW YORK (AP) Fighting desperately to get back in the game, the Brooklyn Nets kept going smaller and smaller until they essentially had four perimeter players on the floor.

Good luck stopping Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka with that.

Siakam had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Leonard added 26 points and nine boards and the Toronto Raptors beat the Nets 115-105 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Ibaka finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors (56-23), who need to win their final three games to match last season's franchise record for victories. Their victory prevented the Milwaukee Bucks from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

''They were the better team. I don't know how else to say it,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''They were better from start to finish. You have to give them credit. They're a team that's going to compete for a championship. We were not up to those standards that you have to be almost perfect and we weren't. I would say we were average and that's not good enough to beat that team.''

D'Angelo Russell had 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who fell to 39-40 and missed another chance to improve their playoff situation. They could have moved ahead of Detroit after the Pistons lost to Indiana, but instead are now tied for seventh with the Orlando Magic.

Brooklyn has lost four of five.

The Nets had cut the deficit to five early in the third quarter before Siakam made a pair of baskets around Marc Gasol's 3-pointer to make it 66-54. Toronto would get the lead as high as 14 points in the quarter and led 90-78 entering the fourth.

Russell tried to jump-start a rally early in the fourth, scoring seven straight Brooklyn points to trim it to 92-87. He scored 18 in the final period, taking advantage of the space the Nets created with their small lineup. But they got punished on the other end trying to match up with Toronto's versatile forwards, all 6-foot-7 or taller.

''We obviously said there's some size advantages out there,'' Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. ''When you get some mismatches and you get a small guy on you, start roaming around in the paint and try to get some putbacks.''

Siakam, Ibaka and Kyle Lowry made 3-pointers over a span of 1:40, before two free throws by Ibaka and another by Siakam pushed it back to 108-96 with 3:15 to play.

Russell had one more flurry, making three 3-pointers to cut it to 110-105 with 1:24 left. But Ibaka scored on a follow shot and the Nets couldn't get anything else to fall.

''They're a good, veteran ballclub,'' Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. ''Every time we were able to close the gap they tightened the screws on their end. They got the big stop or made the big shot. That was the difference.''

Siakam scored 18 points after halftime.

''I kind of got thrown off like at the beginning of the game just seeing the way they were guarding me and I got a little excited,'' Siakam said. ''I just had to calm down a little bit and let the game come to me.''

TIP-INS

Raptors: Toronto has won 15 of the last 16 meetings. ... Lowry had 10 points.

Nets: Russell scored 20 points in all four meetings with Toronto this season. ... Caris LeVert was just 1 for 9 for three points.

PLANNING TO PLAY

Nurse said his plan is to play Leonard in their three remaining games. The Raptors have carefully managed the All-Star forward's workload after he was limited to just nine games in San Antonio last season because of a thigh injury, but Nurse said Leonard wants to play to build a rhythm for the postseason.

FANTASTIC FINISH

Atkinson said he watched on his phone when Theo Pinson made a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining Tuesday to send the Long Island Nets past Lakeland in overtime and into the NBA G League Finals. Pinson, signed by Brooklyn to a two-way contract, often leads the cheers from the bench and Atkinson said it was ''poetic justice'' that he was the one to hit the winner. ''Thrilled for him, thrilled for Long Island going to the finals,'' Atkinson said. ''It really sets up a positive kind of note, just on our program.''

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit Charlotte on Friday.

Nets: Visit Milwaukee on Saturday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Out of bounds turnover on D'Angelo Russell  
11:18   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
11:13   Offensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
11:08   Kawhi Leonard missed driving layup, blocked by Jarrett Allen  
11:05   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
11:00   Bad pass turnover on Rodions Kurucs, stolen by Danny Green  
10:56 +2 Kawhi Leonard made layup, assist by Danny Green 2-0
10:36   Shooting foul on Marc Gasol  
10:36   DeMarre Carroll missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:36   BKN team rebound  
10:36 +1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-1
10:21   Pascal Siakam missed layup  
10:16   Kyle Lowry missed dunk, blocked by Rodions Kurucs  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
10:08 +2 Jarrett Allen made layup, assist by Joe Harris 2-3
9:48   Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:45   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
9:30   Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
9:15   Joe Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:13   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
9:13   Personal foul on Rodions Kurucs  
8:51   Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:48   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
8:37 +2 Rodions Kurucs made driving dunk, assist by D'Angelo Russell 2-5
8:25   Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot  
8:21   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
8:09 +2 Rodions Kurucs made reverse layup 2-7
8:04   Personal foul on Rodions Kurucs  
7:51   Offensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
7:51 +2 Marc Gasol made dunk 4-7
7:43   Rodions Kurucs missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
7:37 +2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot, assist by Marc Gasol 6-7
7:20   Kyle Lowry missed driving layup  
7:18   Offensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
7:06   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
7:00 +2 Joe Harris made dunk, assist by D'Angelo Russell 6-9
6:53 +2 Kawhi Leonard made floating jump shot 8-9
6:53   Shooting foul on DeMarre Carroll  
6:53   Full timeout called  
6:38 +2 Joe Harris made driving layup, assist by Rodions Kurucs 9-11
6:23   Personal foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
6:08   Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
5:55   D'Angelo Russell missed jump shot  
5:51   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
5:51 +2 Jarrett Allen made dunk 9-13
5:36   Pascal Siakam missed jump shot  
5:34   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
5:26   jump shot  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
5:12   Shooting foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
5:12 +1 Pascal Siakam made 1st of 2 free throws 10-13
5:12 +1 Pascal Siakam made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-13
5:03   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
4:48   Offensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
4:38 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot, assist by Marc Gasol 13-13
4:19   Offensive foul on Joe Harris  
4:08   Bad pass turnover on D'Angelo Russell, stolen by Danny Green  
3:46 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made jump shot 18-15
3:41   Personal foul on Ed Davis  
3:41 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 19-15
3:41 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-15
3:28   Personal foul on Fred VanVleet  
3:16 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made jump shot 20-17
2:56 +3 Serge Ibaka made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marc Gasol 23-17
2:44 +2 Ed Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 23-19
2:31   Serge Ibaka missed turnaround jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
2:25   Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:22   Defensive rebound by Fred VanVleet  
2:09 +2 Serge Ibaka made jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 25-19
1:49   Offensive foul on Joe Harris  
1:25   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
1:18   Caris LeVert missed floating jump shot  
1:17   Offensive rebound by Caris LeVert  
1:14   Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:11   Offensive rebound by Jared Dudley  
1:11   Shooting foul on Marc Gasol  
1:10 +1 Jared Dudley made 1st of 2 free throws 25-20
1:10   Jared Dudley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:08   Defensive rebound by Norman Powell  
0:52 +3 Serge Ibaka made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 28-20
0:35   DeMarre Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:33   Offensive rebound by Jared Dudley  
0:33 +2 Jared Dudley made dunk 28-22
0:30 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 31-22
0:17   TOR team rebound  
0:00 +3 Serge Ibaka made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 34-22
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47 +2 Pascal Siakam made running Jump Shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 36-22
11:32   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
11:32   Ed Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:10   Offensive foul on Serge Ibaka  
10:47 +3 DeMarre Carroll made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Caris LeVert 36-26
10:31   Serge Ibaka missed hook shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
10:14   Fred VanVleet missed layup  
10:12   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
10:09   Serge Ibaka missed layup  
10:06   Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll  
9:58   Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
9:48   Personal foul on Caris LeVert  
9:22   D'Angelo Russell missed floating jump shot  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
9:01   Shooting foul on Pascal Siakam  
9:01 +1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 36-27
9:01 +1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-28
8:38   Fred VanVleet missed jump shot  
8:15   Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
8:11 +2 Jodie Meeks made driving layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 38-28
7:49   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
7:49 +1 Ed Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 38-29
7:49 +1 Ed Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-30
7:34 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot 41-30
7:15   TOR team rebound  
7:15   Personal foul on Ed Davis  
7:02   Marc Gasol missed jump shot  
6:59   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
6:51   Marc Gasol missed hook shot  
6:49   Offensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
6:45 +2 Pascal Siakam made floating jump shot, assist by Marc Gasol 43-30
6:28   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
6:24   Shooting foul on Fred VanVleet  
6:24 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 43-31
6:12   Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:03   Caris LeVert missed driving layup  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
5:52   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie  
5:37   Shooting foul on Fred VanVleet  
5:37 +1 Joe Harris made 2nd of 3 free throws 43-34
5:33   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
5:22 +2 Kawhi Leonard made layup, assist by Marc Gasol 45-34
4:36 +2 Jarrett Allen made dunk, assist by Caris LeVert 47-38
4:19   Personal foul on Rodions Kurucs  
4:11   jump shot  
3:59 +3 Rodions Kurucs made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D'Angelo Russell 47-41
3:41   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:38   Offensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
3:36 +3 Jodie Meeks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 50-41
3:21   Offensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie  
3:18 +3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 50-44
3:04 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jodie Meeks 53-44
3:00   Rodions Kurucs missed layup  
2:41   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
2:29   Kawhi Leonard missed reverse layup  
2:22 +2 Rodions Kurucs made layup, assist by D'Angelo Russell 53-46
2:12 +2 Kawhi Leonard made driving dunk 55-46
1:56 +2 D'Angelo Russell made driving layup 55-48
1:38   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
1:38   Out of bounds turnover on Jarrett Allen  
1:22   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:18   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
1:07   Defensive rebound by Rodions Kurucs  
0:49 +2 D'Angelo Russell made floating jump shot, assist by Joe Harris 55-50
0:40 +2 Pascal Siakam made driving layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 57-50
0:32   TOR team rebound  
0:28   Kyle Lowry missed jump shot  
0:25   Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell  
0:02   D'Angelo Russell missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Danny Green  
0:01   BKN team rebound  
0:02   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:00   Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   TOR team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot 59-50
11:14 +2 DeMarre Carroll made driving layup, assist by D'Angelo Russell 59-52
10:56   DeMarre Carroll missed driving layup  
10:43 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot, assist by Rodions Kurucs 59-54
10:43 +2 D'Angelo Russell made jump shot, assist by Rodions Kurucs 59-54
10:21   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
10:10 +3 Marc Gasol made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 64-54
9:57   Bad pass turnover on D'Angelo Russell, stolen by Marc Gasol  
9:45   Pascal Siakam missed hook shot  
9:35 +2 Pascal Siakam made dunk 66-54
9:28 +3 Joe Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMarre Carroll 66-57
9:35 +2 Pascal Siakam made jump shot 66-54
9:28 +3 Joe Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMarre Carroll 66-57
9:16 +2 Kawhi Leonard made layup, assist by Marc Gasol 68-57
8:31   Shooting foul on Danny Green  
8:51 +3 Pascal Siakam made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danny Green 71-59
8:31   Shooting foul on Danny Green  
8:17 +2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot 73-61
8:03   Offensive foul on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  
8:03   Offensive foul on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  
8:03   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:03 +1 Kawhi Leonard made free throw 74-61
7:54   3-second violation turnover on Marc Gasol  
7:44   Offensive foul on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  
7:32   Lost ball turnover on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, stolen by Marc Gasol  
7:27   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:24   Defensive rebound by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  
7:09 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made floating jump shot 74-63
6:55   Kawhi Leonard missed turnaround jump shot  
6:35   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
6:26   Personal foul on DeMarre Carroll  
6:13 +3 Pascal Siakam made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danny Green 77-63
5:54   Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed reverse layup  
5:52   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
5:50   Pascal Siakam missed floating jump shot  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
5:41 +2 DeMarre Carroll made driving layup 77-65
5:31   Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
4:54 +2 Danny Green made driving layup 79-67
4:42 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made floating jump shot 79-69
4:21 +2 Kawhi Leonard made driving dunk 81-69
4:05   Spencer Dinwiddie missed driving layup  
4:02   Offensive rebound by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  
3:30   Out of bounds turnover on DeMarre Carroll  
3:16   Defensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie  
2:32   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
2:32   BKN team rebound  
2:32   BKN team rebound  
2:32   Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:30   Offensive rebound by Jared Dudley  
2:24 +3 Treveon Graham made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Caris LeVert 85-74
2:10   Offensive foul on Pascal Siakam  
2:02 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made floating jump shot 85-76
1:47 +2 Norman Powell made hook shot 87-76
1:23 +3 Serge Ibaka made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 90-78
1:05   Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed layup  
0:50   Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:43   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:39   Offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
0:27   Serge Ibaka missed alley-oop shot  
0:18   Offensive rebound by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  
0:01   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:00 +3 Jeremy Lin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 93-78
0:00   End of period  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Personal foul on Jodie Meeks  
11:39 +2 Jarrett Allen made hook shot, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 90-80
11:22   Bad pass turnover on Serge Ibaka, stolen by Caris LeVert  
11:15 +2 D'Angelo Russell made finger-roll layup, assist by Caris LeVert 90-82
10:51 +2 D'Angelo Russell made layup, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 92-84
10:41   Personal foul on Caris LeVert  
10:38   Serge Ibaka missed jump shot  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie  
10:28   Spencer Dinwiddie missed driving layup  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Lin  
10:08   Jodie Meeks missed jump shot  
10:04