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Result: Toronto Raptors comeback falls short

The Brooklyn Nets hold on to secure a 102-98 win over the Toronto Raptors in their first-round playoff series.

A late run from the Toronto Raptors was not enough for them to avoid a 102-98 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving them 2-1 down in their playoff series.

After a strong start from the Canadian side, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson helped the hosts build an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Patterson led the Toronto comeback, with the latter missing a shot that would have tied the scores with less than 20 seconds remaining, but Pierce made the block.

Amir Johnson gave the Raptors hope in the final couple of seconds, but Johnson went down the other end to score two free throws after Pierce was knocked down.

The two sides play again on Sunday.

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DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the basektball up the court during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center on November 2, 2013
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