Raptors forward Patrick Patterson hit a game-winning jumper with six seconds remaining to lift Toronto to a 104-103 road victory over Brooklyn after Nets guard Deron Williams threw away a late inbounds pass.
The Nets proved that the Knicks don't have a New York City monopoly on late-game meltdowns in this one, squandering a three-point lead in the game's final 17 seconds to lose at home.
Brooklyn's collapse came on the heels of a controversial charge call against Kyle Lowry in the game's final minute. Williams stepped in to draw the offensive foul in transition, leaving the Raptors bench irate at the officials because they felt Williams wasn't set. The call forced Toronto to foul on Brooklyn's next possession, and Paul Pierce hit a pair of free throws to put the Nets up 103-100 with 17 seconds to play.
John Salmons then got a quick basket to make the score 103-102 with 12 seconds left, and Nets coach Jason Kidd burned his final timeout to advance the ball and get his best free throw shooters into the game for another forced foul situation. Instead of inbounding the ball, taking the foul and reclaiming a three-point lead as expected, Williams tried to find Joe Johnson with a risky pass into the backcourt. Sensing the play develop, Patterson stepped in front for the intercepting steal and quickly moved the ball to Lowry, who sent it back to Patterson as the clock ticked down. After pausing to fake out Williams, Patterson rose calmly to sink a mid-range jumper.
The shot went through with six seconds on the clock, and a stunned Nets team scrambled to set up a final play. Kidd was stuck without any timeouts remaining and without the ability to spill soda on himself to delay the game (because he already played that card earlier this season), so Paul Pierce eventually brought the ball up in a somewhat frantic fashion. Pierce had to launch a desperation, last-second three-pointer that was no good, and Toronto secured its improbable comeback victory.
The Toronto Sun reported the celebratory reaction from the Raptors' locker room.
“Patrick looked like Richard Sherman out there with that steal,” Lowry said, comparing Patterson to Sherman, the star Seattle Seahawks cornerback, who took at the game courtside.
“You know me, Richard Sherman, Ed Reed, we’re all in the same category,” laughed Patterson in a jubilant Raptors locker room.
Williams, meanwhile, was in a bummer mood afterwards, according to the New York Post.
“It’s tough,” said Williams after finishing with nine points and 11 assists. “It definitely hurts. The bad thing about it is we have three days to sit and think about it, so it’s even worse.
“There’s nothing I can do about it now … can’t take it back. Wish I could. That’s not my first time turning the ball over to lose the game, and it won’t be the last. I’ve just got to respond on Friday [against Oklahoma City].”
Lowry finished with 31 points (on 10-for-18 shooting), seven assists, five rebounds and five steals to lead the Raptors. Patterson chipped in 15 points (on 6-for-11 shooting) and three rebounds.
Pierce led the Nets with a game-high 33 points (on 10-for-16 shooting), six rebounds and two assists. Andray Blatche added 20 points (on 8-for-11 shooting) and six rebounds off the bench in a losing effort.
Toronto improved to 23-21 with the win. Brooklyn dropped to 20-23 with the loss.