Coincidence or not, the Brooklyn Nets are in the midst of their worst stretch of the season while Brook Lopez nurses an injury.
The struggling Toronto Raptors are dealing with their own woes, and they'll be without at least suspended forward Amir Johnson on Wednesday night when each team looks to snap a five-game losing streak in Canada.
Lopez hoped his sprained right foot was healed enough to play Tuesday against New York, but he was ruled out before the game and is not scheduled to make the trip to Toronto.
The Nets (11-9) have lost the last five of the six games Lopez has missed after blowing a 17-point lead in a 100-97 loss to the Knicks. Brooklyn shot 52.9 percent - its second-best mark of the season - but only 45.2 percent in the second half as New York took advantage.
Andray Blatche, who is averaging 18.2 points starting in place of Lopez, hit 9 of 13 from the field and scored a season-high 23 points. Deron Williams added 18 and 10 assists.
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