Game Recap: Defending champs blowout Nets at home in preseason finale, 123-107 – NetsDaily

Game Recap: Defending champs blowout Nets at home in preseason finale, 123-107 – NetsDaily

And with that, we’re done.

The 2019 NBA Preseason is officially over, ending Friday night as the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Toronto Raptors at home, 123-107.

This was ugly. Brooklyn shot just 38 percent from the floor on the evening, while allowing the Raptors to make 24 threes, on 51.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Toronto was led by OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet, who combined to score 34 points in three quarters. Kyle Lowry played 25 minutes, in his first preseason game, scoring 9 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Toronto scored 101 points through the first three quarters. I mean, c’mon.

Brooklyn finishes the preseason with a 3-1 record, ready to kick off the 19-20 season on Wednesday at Barclays Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kyrie Irving started the game, after having missed all but a minute-plus of action in China against the Lakers. Irving played just 24 minutes, finishing with 19 points and 4 assists.

Here was Kyrie’s first basket as a member of the Nets.

The first half was all about three-pointers. Toronto went 14-of-24 (58.3%) from beyond the arc in the first half, while the Nets shot just 6-of-21 (28.6%). Needless to say, the Raptors carried a 21-point lead into halftime, 74-53.

Irving had 9 first-half points, while four Raptors scored in double figures in the first half led by OG Anunoby’s 15 points.

The Nets chipped away in the third quarter…for like two minutes…maybe three minutes, tops, before the Raptors were like, “wait, let’s make more threes, yeah?” Yeah.

Brooklyn’s defense was bad, their offense was stale. Six Nets scored in double figures, led by Irving’s 19 points, with Spencer Dinwiddie chipping in for 13 points and Jarrett Allen dropping 12 points in 18 minutes.

Final score, 123-107.

Kenny Atkinson was realistic about the Nets rhythm after the pressure-filled trip to China and Irving’s injury.

“In a perfect world, no, I would love for it to just snap together like that,” Atkinson said. “But it’s a little bad luck with Ky [Irving] getting knocked in the face. Just bad luck. There’s nothing you can do about it, and that’s part of it. We’re going to have to use some real games to figure out permanent rotations. So, sure, I think it’ll take some time.”

Hey, silver lining? This game didn’t count. On Wednesday, though, it does.

For more on the Raptors, check out Raptors HQ.




Meanwhile, Irving said he’ll have something to say about the NBA and China.

“I stand for four pillars: inner peace, freedom, equality and world peace,” Irving told reporters. “So if that’s being conflicted inside of me then I’m definitely going to have something to say.”

Stay tuned.

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