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Nets end 8-game skid by edging Raptors 106-105 in OT

NEW YORK (AP) Kawhi Leonard's short shot went in and out. Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer went around the rim and spun out.

For 3 1/2 years, the Toronto Raptors had always found a way to beat the Brooklyn Nets.

This time, not one, but two chances just wouldn't fall.

''Just how the game goes sometimes,'' Leonard said.

That allowed the Nets to snap an eight-game losing streak overall and a 12-game skid against the Raptors with a 106-105 victory in overtime on Friday night.

D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points, including six in overtime, and the Nets beat the Raptors for the first time since April 3, 2015.

''Needed that. Really did,'' Russell said. ''It was tough. We knew what we (had) to do to get it. So now we just got to keep going.''

Jarrett Allen made the go-ahead basket for the Nets with a little more than a minute left, their only basket in overtime not made by Russell.

Leonard scored 32 points for the Raptors, but Toronto couldn't get a look for him on its final possession and had to settle for VanVleet's 3-pointer that just missed.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 points for Brooklyn, which had been regularly falling short during its losing streak. The Nets had lost five times by single digits, including three two-point losses.

Jonas Valanciunas added 24 points for the Raptors.

The Nets led by seven with under 5 minutes remaining in regulation, but Leonard fed VanVleet for a 3-pointer and then scored the next six points himself to give Toronto a 96-94 edge with 2:23 to play. But his shot from in the lane rattled out with 7 seconds to play.

''Ball was in and out,'' Leonard said.

He then he blocked Dinwiddie's shot on the other end to force OT.

Russell had the first two baskets in the extra session, Leonard made the next two, but the Raptors couldn't get one more shot to fall and take a victory before their schedule turns tough.

''They scored four points in about the first 40 seconds of the overtime and then we held them to four the rest of the overtime. They ended up with eight but we didn't do too much better,'' Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

The Bucks now host Milwaukee on Sunday before a four-game trip to the Clippers, Golden State, Portland, and Denver. The Bucks are second in the East and three of the West teams are among the top four in that conference.

The Nets jumped to a 13-2 lead and were ahead 24-20 at the end of Leonard's 0-for-4 first quarter, but he came back with nine points in the second as Toronto tied it at 53 at halftime.

''I just tried to make it tough for him. He's a phenomenal player. Last five games he's been averaging 30, just being aggressive and being himself,'' Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said. ''Just tried to speed him (up), make him take tough shots, make him turn, make him pick it up, settle for midrange.''

TIP-INS

Raptors: NBA assists leader Kyle Lowry had 11 but was just 1 for 8 from the field for three points. ... The Raptors missed their first eight 3-point attempts before Delon Wright made one in the final minute of the first quarter. ... Valanciunas made just his 10th start of the season, with Serge Ibaka coming off the bench.

Nets: Allen finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. ... The Nets had lost six straight at home to Toronto.

LOWRY'S LAMENT

Lowry threw a good pass to VanVleet on the final possession but was hard on himself afterward for his own poor shooting.

''Just got to play better,'' he said. ''I don't make excuses. I don't have any excuses to make. I'm just not playing well.''

NO PROBLEM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said he had no problem with Jared Dudley's comments after they blew a 23-point loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, when the veteran forward criticized the team for its repeated mistakes in crunch time. Atkinson said he respected Dudley's honesty, adding that at his urging the players held a film session without coaches during their off day so they could attempt to find solutions themselves.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Milwaukee on Sunday night.

Nets: Visit New York on Saturday night.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
D. Russell
1 PG
29.1 Min. Per Game 29.1
18.0 Pts. Per Game 18.0
5.7 Ast. Per Game 5.7
3.9 Reb. Per Game 3.9
49.0 Field Goal % 41.8
49.6 Three Point % 40.8
85.6 Free Throw % 74.6
  BKN team rebound 0:00
  Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
  Out of bounds turnover on D'Angelo Russell 0:24
  Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell 0:44
  Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:49
+ 2 Jarrett Allen made layup, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 1:04
  Personal foul on Kyle Lowry 1:12
  Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot 1:20
  Personal foul on Jarrett Allen 1:28
  Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot 1:29
  Defensive rebound by Danny Green 1:33
Team Stats
Points 105 106
Field Goals 35-89 (39.3%) 43-98 (43.9%)
3-Pointers 11-35 (31.4%) 11-35 (31.4%)
Free Throws 24-29 (82.8%) 9-13 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 52 66
Offensive 6 16
Defensive 35 44
Team 11 6
Assists 25 22
Steals 9 8
Blocks 7 2
Turnovers 15 20
Fouls 19 28
Technicals 2 0
32 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
29 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Raptors 21-6 203326197105
home team logo Nets 9-18 242927188106
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 21-6 115.7 PPG 45.7 RPG 25.4 APG
home team logo Nets 9-18 108.7 PPG 45.5 RPG 22.5 APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF 26.1 PPG 8.3 RPG 3.0 APG 48.8 FG%
D. Russell PG 18.1 PPG 3.9 RPG 5.9 APG 41.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 32 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
D. Russell PG 29 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
39.3 FG% 43.9
31.4 3PT FG% 31.4
82.8 FT% 69.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 37 32 3 4 4 1 3 3 10/21 5/6 7/8 0 3 45 0
J. Valanciunas 26 24 8 0 0 1 0 3 10/15 0/2 4/6 2 6 33 +5
P. Siakam 36 16 6 2 1 2 1 2 6/15 1/3 3/4 1 5 28 +2
K. Lowry 35 3 3 11 1 1 5 5 1/8 1/7 0/0 0 3 25 +1
D. Green 34 2 4 2 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 4 10 +8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 37 32 3 4 4 1 3 3 10/21 5/6 7/8 0 3 45 0
J. Valanciunas 26 24 8 0 0 1 0 3 10/15 0/2 4/6 2 6 33 +5
P. Siakam 36 16 6 2 1 2 1 2 6/15 1/3 3/4 1 5 28 +2
K. Lowry 35 3 3 11 1 1 5 5 1/8 1/7 0/0 0 3 25 +1
D. Green 34 2 4 2 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 4 10 +8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Ibaka 20 8 6 1 0 2 2 2 2/7 0/1 4/4 2 4 16 -9
F. VanVleet 27 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 2/7 2/6 2/2 0 1 16 -6
D. Wright 16 5 3 1 2 0 1 0 2/8 1/4 0/0 1 2 11 -4
C. Miles 13 4 3 1 0 0 2 2 0/1 0/1 4/5 0 3 7 -1
O. Anunoby 16 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 1/5 1/4 0/0 0 4 6 -1
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 105 41 25 9 7 15 19 35/89 11/35 24/29 6 35 197 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 31 29 5 5 1 0 6 2 13/22 2/6 1/1 1 4 39 +11
J. Allen 32 12 10 2 2 2 4 3 5/6 0/1 2/2 3 7 26 -10
A. Crabbe 25 11 4 1 0 0 2 3 3/9 3/8 2/3 1 3 15 0
R. Hollis-Jefferson 35 11 4 2 1 0 0 2 5/14 1/3 0/0 1 3 20 +1
J. Harris 35 6 9 2 0 0 3 3 2/8 1/3 1/1 3 6 16 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 31 29 5 5 1 0 6 2 13/22 2/6 1/1 1 4 39 +11
J. Allen 32 12 10 2 2 2 4 3 5/6 0/1 2/2 3 7 26 -10
A. Crabbe 25 11 4 1 0 0 2 3 3/9 3/8 2/3 1 3 15 0
R. Hollis-Jefferson 35 11 4 2 1 0 0 2 5/14 1/3 0/0 1 3 20 +1
J. Harris 35 6 9 2 0 0 3 3 2/8 1/3 1/1 3 6 16 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 30 17 2 8 1 0 3 2 7/17 1/4 2/2 1 1 33 -7
D. Carroll 28 10 8 1 1 0 0 3 4/12 2/7 0/2 3 5 21 -3
R. Kurucs 13 6 3 0 1 0 1 3 3/6 0/2 0/0 1 2 9 +1
J. Dudley 11 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 5 +2
E. Davis 20 1 15 0 1 0 1 4 0/3 0/0 1/2 2 13 16 +11
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. LeVert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Musa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 106 60 22 8 2 20 28 43/98 11/35 9/13 16 44 200 +5