Toronto survives Nets' comeback, goes up 3-2

IAN HARRISON Associated Press Published:

TORONTO (AP) -- Kyle Lowry's prolific offense carried the Toronto Raptors to a big lead, and his defensive smarts saved the game.

Lowry scored a career playoff-high 36 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer after Toronto had blown a 26-point lead, and the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-113 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

"He was definitely carrying them in the first half," Nets guard Deron Williams said. "He's just tough to guard when he gets like that. He's got a lot of confidence right now."

Joe Johnson scored 30 points and Mirza Teletovic had 17 for the Nets, who scored 44 points in the fourth quarter but lost their final chance when Andray Blatche fired a pass well over Deron Williams' head into the backcourt for a turnover.

Blatche said Lowry's defensive pressure on the play led to the decisive mistake.

Nets coach Jason Kidd said Lowry is someone who is "never going to stop playing."

DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 and Greivis Vasquez added 15 for the Raptors, who would advance to face Miami in the second round with a victory in Game 6 on Friday in Brooklyn.

The Nets, meanwhile, are facing elimination after consecutive losses.

Game 7, if necessary, would be Sunday in Toronto.

SPURS 109, MAVERICKS 103

SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker had 23 points hours after the birth of his first child and San Antonio never trailed in a 109-103 victory over Dallas on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Manu Ginobili had 19 points and Tiago Splitter added 17 points and 12 rebounds as San Antonio regained home-court advantage. Tim Duncan added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points for the Spurs.

Vince Carter scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the field for Dallas. After averaging 16 points in the series' first four games, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting.

Game 6 is Friday night in Dallas.

ROCKETS 108,

TRAIL BLAZERS 98

HOUSTON -- Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin came off the bench to score 21 points as Houston avoided elimination.

The Trail Blazers lead the first-round series 3-2 entering Game 6 on Friday in Portland.

A basket by Damian Lillard got the Trail Blazers within two points before James Harden stepped back and swished a 3-pointer to make it 103-98 with about 3 minutes left.

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