May 2nd, 2014
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 6 Recap
Final Score: Raptors 83 Nets 97
The Brooklyn Nets were able to bounce back from their Game 5 loss in Toronto with a Game 6 victory in the Barclays Center to keep their season alive, and force another Game 7 in what has been a great First Round in the Playoffs this season.
Player of the Game: Deron Williams
For the Nets their recipe is to win is pretty simple, when Deron Williams’ plays well they win, and luckily in Game 6 for the Nets, he played well. The Nets Point Guard was under a lot of pressure heading into the elimination game, as he responded well with a team-high 23 points on eight for 16 shooting, including four three-pointers. The aggressive Williams also had five rebounds, four assists, and one steal to help lead the Nets to the victory.
The very solid performance from Williams also came at the expense of Lowry, who had by far his worst game of the series, which was a great sight for Brooklyn. Lowry, who was coming off a 36-point game in Game 5, was held in check in Game 6. He was only able to score 11 points on a poor four for 16 shooting night from the field, and also turned the ball over four times. If Williams can outplay Lowry like this or even keep it close stats wise in Game 7 the Nets will be in great shape to advance.
In what it a rare thing to see in the playoffs, Jason Kidd went with a gutsy moved and switched up the starting lineup, as Shaun Livingston was benched for Alan Anderson. The move worked for Kidd, as Anderson led the team in rebounding with nine, and scored nine points on four for 10 shooting.
Brooklyn’s starting lineup as a whole played well, as with their backs against the wall, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett all played well. Johnson was second on the Nets in scoring, as he finished with 17 points on five for 12 shooting with seven made free throws. Pierce and Garnett combined to score 25 points, and Garnett even was able to play 27 minutes, which raises the question how much will he have in the tank for Game 7?
In Game 6 the Nets also did a good job against the Raptors two main guns of the bench in Patrick Paterson and Greivis Vasquez. Patterson was held to just eight points on three for nine shooting, and Vasquez also struggled, scoring just nine points with only three assists.
The only negative for the Nets in Game 6 was that the Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan was able to have a very good game despite the rest of his team struggling. DeRozan finished with a game-high 28 points on eight for 18 shooting, while going 10 for 11 from the free-throw line, with six rebounds and four assists.
Next up will be a do or die Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto for the Nets and the Raptors with the seasons on the line.