NEW YORK -- Point guard Deron Williams scored 23 points and the Brooklyn Nets staved off elimination with a wire-to-wire 97-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Nets forward Joe Johnson contributed 17 points while constantly facing double teams and effectively passing out of them. Center Kevin Garnett added 13 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes after playing just 12 minutes in Game 5.
Guard DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 28 points, making 8-of-18 shots from the floor and 10-of-11 free throws. Point guard Kyle Lowry was 4-of-16 from the field and finished with 11 points for the Raptors, who shot 39.5 percent from the floor (30-of-78).
Brooklyn never relented using a 9-0 run to take a 21-point lead. The Raptors were within 15 twice in the final two minutes of the first half, but guard Alan Anderson hit a running layup and a buzzer-beating step-back jumper from the right wing that expanded the lead to 60-41 at halftime.
Williams appeared to injure his left ankle while getting fouled by Lowry with 9:55 left in the third quarter. He was attended to by trainer Tim Walsh, stayed in and split two free throws for a 63-43 lead before hitting an open 3-pointer about a minute later.
Two foul shots by DeRozan cut the deficit to 84-73 with 7:40 left and that prompted the quick return of Johnson and Williams.
NOTES: During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Nets coach Jason Kidd said it was mind-boggling how G Joe Johnson attempted one free throw in Game 5. On Friday, the league fined him $25,000. That is the same amount that Toronto GM Masai Ujiri paid for his F-Brooklyn remark before Game 1. ... Kidd did not comment on the fine, merely saying: "It's a beautiful day out, isn't it?" ... Kidd also shaved the beard he had sported since the beginning of January. ... While crediting the Nets for making shot after shot during a 44-point fourth quarter in Game 5, Toronto coach Dwane Casey conceded that the final 12 minutes were about as undisciplined as his team had played all season. ... Johnson was awarded an additional two points from Game 5 and wound up with 32. The basket was initially credited to G Deron Williams. Rapper Drake, global ambassador for the Raptors, attended Friday's Game and was booed when shown on the scoreboard while a Jay-Z song blared. Jay-Z owned a stake in the Nets before having to sell when he started his Roc Nation sports agency.