D’Angelo Russell scored 29 points, including six in overtime, and the Nets broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors, 106-105, on Friday night.
The Nets picked the most unlikely way to end their skid, stopping a 12-game slide against Toronto with their first victory over the Raptors since April 3, 2015.
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.
Kawhi 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 Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer that just missed.
The Nets led by 7 with under five minutes remaining in regulation, but Leonard fed VanVleet for a 3-pointer and then scored the next 6 points himself to give Toronto a 96-94 edge with 2 minutes 23 seconds to play. But his shot from in the lane rattled out with seven seconds to play, and he blocked Dinwiddie’s shot on the other end to force overtime.
Russell had the first two baskets in the extra session, Leonard made the next two, and the Nets eventually pulled out a close game, after they had fallen three times by 2 points during their losing streak.