Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/12/12
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors were short-handed, but it was the Brooklyn Nets who came up short for the first half of their game at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday. However, the Nets took advantage the Raptors' situation in the second half. Joe Johnson scored 19 of his 23 points after the break, and Brooklyn came away with a 94-88 victory before a crowd of 18,847. A combination of injuries and a suspension left the Raptors with nine players -- only eight played -- and Toronto's limitations began to show in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Brooklyn picked up its game in the third quarter. "Our energy in the first half was low," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "It looked like we were kind of feeling sorry for ourselves and they were out there playing free and easy. ... I made a few adjustments, and (Deron) Williams had a little talk with them on the court before the third quarter, and they responded." The Nets (12-9) responded well enough to end a five-game losing streak, while ...
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