TORONTO — Guard Deron Williams and forward Joe Johnson each scored 24 points on Saturday as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in the opening game of an NBA first-round playoff series.
Veteran forward Paul Pierce scored nine points in the final three minutes of the game for the Nets and finished with 15.
Johnson also grabbed eight rebounds as did center Kevin Garnett, and guard Shaun Livingston chipped in with 10 points for Brooklyn.
Guard Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 22 points, while guard Greivis Vasquez added 18. Center Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors, and guard DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 14 points.
The Raptors, who trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter, tied the game on five straight points by forward Patrick Patterson, who hit a 3-pointer and a running slam dunk.
The Nets pulled ahead by four only to have the Raptors tie it again 73-73 with 6:25 left.
The teams exchanged the lead before Garnett hit on a fadeaway shot and Pierce added a 3-pointer to give the Nets a six-point lead with 2:57 to play.
Valanciunas cut the lead to four and Pierce got it back to six and then scored again to make the lead eight points before Vasquez hit a 3-point shot.
But Pierce scored again to give the Nets a seven-point lead with 51.5 seconds to play. Lowry cut the lead to five with a layup, but Williams made two free throws with 22.7 seconds remaining to restore the seven-point lead.
Valanciunas cut it to five again before Johnson made two free throws with 13.7 seconds to play. DeRozan scored for the Raptors but Johnson made two more free throws to clinch the victory.
LOS ANGELES — Guard Klay Thompson scored 22 points and forward David Lee added 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors surprised the Los Angeles Clippers with a 109-105 victory in the opening round of the Western Conference quarterfinals Saturday before a sellout crowd of 19,339 at Staples Center
Guard Stephen Curry and forward Harrison Barnes scored 14 apiece for the Warriors, who grabbed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 is Monday at Staples.
The Warriors prevailed despite blowing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
They led 98-88 after a layup by Lee midway through the final period, but the Clippers used a 15-4 surge to take a 103-102 lead after a free throw by guard Darren Collison with 2:10 left.
A 3-pointer by Barnes gave Golden State the lead again, but forward Blake Griffin, who was plagued by foul trouble, tied it at 105 with two free throws with 1:31 remaining.
It stayed that way until forward Draymond Green hit a pair of free throws for a 107-105 Warriors’ lead with 24 seconds left.
Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul turned the ball with 18.9 seconds remaining after being defended by Green before a free throw by Barnes gave Golden State a 108-105 advantage with 13.9 seconds left.
Paul, who led the Clippers with 28 points with eight assists and foul steals, missed two free throws with 11.9 seconds remaining, forcing the Clippers to foul Green. He missed both free throws, but in the ensuing scramble for the ball Collison stepped out of bounds with eight seconds left. A free throw by Thompson sealed it for Golden State.