Youth served as DeRozan leads 'Northern Uprising'

Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:59pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a 'Northern Uprising' and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

The victory was the Raptors' first in the post-season since 2008 and sends the best-of-seven Eastern conference first round series back to Brooklyn for Game Three on Friday level at 1-1.

"It (the win) gave us some confidence with everyone doubting us; can they win a playoff game, can they compete against a team like Brooklyn?," Toronto coach Dwane Casey told reporters.

"We are the underdog. The way our guys competed and fought tonight I was proud.

"But now the series starts, we have to go to their place and compete the same way.

"We're going to be the underdog again and we have to do the same thing there."

The series is clearly defined, a classic matchup pitting Brooklyn's veteran savvy against the young Raptors enthusiasm.

The Nets won Game One when future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stepped up late in the match but on Tuesday the Raptors' young guard DeMar DeRozan showed the way with 30 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter.   Continued...

Apr 22, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half of game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports