The Brooklyn Nets hung on for a 102-98 win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night at Barclays Center to give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series, but the New York Rangers lost 2-1 to the Flyers in Philadelphia, where that series now stands at 2-2.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 29 points, making the clinching free throws with 3.1 seconds left after Brooklyn almost blew a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead. Deron Williams added 22 points while Paul Pierce had 18.
"The game was dope. We won. Brooklyn we did it. Brooklyn is in the building," said one Nets fan.
"Very exciting game. We almost gave it away at the end but we held on," said another Nets fan.
"Brooklyn baby. Playoffs are in Brooklyn," shouted a third Nets fan.
The rivalry was heated especially after all the controversy in Toronto. The Raptors' general manager used vulgar language when referring to Brooklyn in a pregame rally in Canada.
The NBA later fined him $25,000 for his profanity.
"We're going to respond to it on the court. Our fans are gonna cheer, they're going to be electric. They are going to motivate the players and that's how we'll respond to it. But we'll remember what when on there last weekend," said Nets CEO Brett Yormark.
Meantime, the Rangers' Dominic Moore put the Blueshirts up 1-0 early in Friday's game, but Flyers goalie Steve Mason stoned New York the rest of the way, allowing the Flyers to tie the series.
Game 5 for the Rangers will be Sunday at Madison Square Garden, while Game 4 for the Nets will be Sunday at Barclays Center.