TORONTO — — Scottie Barnes had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Gary Trent Jr. scored 24, and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat Brooklyn 109-108 on Tuesday night for their second win over the struggling Nets in two days.
Pascal Siakam fouled out with 18 points and Malachi Flynn scored 15 for the Raptors, who were coming off a 133-97 win at Brooklyn on Monday.
Thaddeus Young and Khem Birch each had 11 points for Toronto. Trent went 9 for 9 from the free throw line.
James Johnson scored 19 points, Seth Curry had 18 and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 for the Nets. Cam Thomas had 11 and Goran Dragic scored 10.
“We should have won,” Aldridge said.
Instead, eighth-placed Brooklyn split its season streak with Toronto and lost ground to the Raptors, who are three games up in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
“Obviously everyone knows the situation we’re in,” Johnson said. “But the guys in the locker room, we understand it a little differently. We understand where we are, we understand how close we really are to becoming who we want to be this year.
The Nets have returned without Kevin Durant, who is expected to return Thursday against Miami after being out since Jan. 15 with a sprained ligament in his left knee.
Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons and Joe Harris were all out for the Nets, while center Andre Drummond sat out with left knee pain. Drummond’s injury is not considered serious, assistant coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Replacing head coach Steve Nash (health and safety protocols) for the second straight game, Vaughn said the Nets have a “sense of urgency” about the remaining 19-game test to secure a berth. game or better.
“We talked about it before the game, we talked about it after the game, we’ll talk about it when we get home,” Vaughn said. ” It’s urgent. It must be with this group. They have to feel it, they have to smell it and embrace it.
Aldridge said he wasn’t concerned about the performance of teams around the Nets in the final weeks of the season.
“I don’t look at the standings,” he said. “I think it’s more about us. We have to start taking care of business.
Brooklyn led 96-90 after Aldridge scored with 5:25 left, but Toronto regained the lead with a 10-0 run.
Curry’s 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining tied it at 103, but he fouled Trent on the other end and the Toronto guard broke the tie with a pair of free throws 30 seconds from the end.
Barnes blocked Curry’s shot out of bounds and Curry missed another attempt before Barnes grabbed the rebound. Trent sealed it by making four more free throws in the final 18 seconds.
Johnson’s buzzer-beating 3 wasn’t enough for the Nets, who lost four of five.
“We all know who we’re coming back to and we all know what we need to do to help,” Johnson said.
For the first time since Dec. 13, the Raptors played a home game without any capacity limits on fan attendance. Toronto played a handful of December games at 50% capacity, but games since Dec. 31 had either been played in front of no fans or in front of small crowds of a few hundred. Tuesday’s game drew 18,903 players, about 900 less than a sold-out sale.
“It was amazing,” Trent said. “They were loud, they were in it. We need all of this.
Before kickoff, the Raptors honored first-time All-Star Fred VanVleet with a brief ceremony on center court. VanVleet sat out for the third time in five games with right knee pain. He also missed out on Monday’s victory.
The crowd was far less welcoming to Dragic. The veteran guard started his season with the Raptors but left the team for personal reasons and was later traded to San Antonio. Dragic was booed when he came on in the second quarter and laughed every time he touched the ball.
“They really had fun doing that, didn’t they?” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “They never took their foot off the accelerator.”
Siakam said he was taken aback by the chilly reception.
“I was surprised,” Siakam said. “I love Goran.”
Brooklyn led 59-55 at halftime. Young’s 3-pointer gave the Raptors a 77-75 lead with 3:18 left in the third, but the Nets closed out the quarter with a 14-4 push, taking an 89-81 lead in the fourth.
Aldridge was frustrated after being called twice for three seconds defensively less than a minute apart in the final quarter. Trent connected on technical free throws every time.
“One was probably legit, and the other was not legit,” Aldridge said.
Curry said he had never seen two calls like this in quick succession at the end of a close game.
“It was shocking,” he said.
Neither team scored in the first 3:23 of the fourth quarter, a drought that ended when Trent signed on for Toronto.
Nets: Vaughn spoke to Nash on Tuesday and said the head coach was in good spirits. Vaughn was unsure if Nash was showing symptoms of COVID-19. … Brooklyn used its 35th starting lineup of the season.
Raptors: The nurse says F OG Anunoby won’t need surgery to fix a fractured right ring finger. Anunoby, who saw a specialist on Monday, sat out for the fourth straight game.
Nets: Host the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Raptors: Host the Detroit Pistons Thursday night.