NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Toronto Raptors were hoping to keep rolling right into the All-Star break.
Instead, they had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Still, the reigning NBA champions are 40-15 despite losing Kawhi Leonard last summer and battling injuries all season, so they could easily shrug off a poor performance Wednesday.
“In the big scheme of things, you look at the overall of where you're sitting and have to be pleased with that,” coach Nick Nurse said.
The Raptors couldn't find the form that helped them average 121.2 points and shoot 50% over the previous 15 games. This time, they hit only 37.8%, with Kyle Lowry's triple-double coming on a night when the All-Star point guard was just 4 for 13.
“We didn’t play well. Simple as that,” Lowry said.
“They played well and give them credit, they played their butts off. They beat us. It’s only one game.”
Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors. That included Saturday in Toronto, where LeVert scored a career-best 37 points but the Nets fell 119-118.
“I think we felt like we were right there in Toronto. We were really a last second tip-in from winning the game and we were confident going into it," forward Joe Harris said. “Obviously any time you play home in front of your own fans, you definitely get a distinct advantage that way”.