FIRST ROUND: RAPTORS - NETS GAME 1
Final: Raptors 87, Nets 94
Paul Pierce and the veteran-laden Brooklyn Nets took over down the stretch to gain the upper hand in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Toronto Raptors, coming through with a 94-87 Game 1 victory at a raucous Air Canada Centre.
Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final three minutes, part of a 19-11 game-ending run that put away the upstart Raptors in their first playoff game since 2008. Joe Johnson and Deron Williams contributed 24 apiece to help Brooklyn draw first blood in a contentious series.