Trans. Apr 22 7:32 ET (Apr 22 7:32 ET ) DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight playoff double-double and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece. Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 14 as the Raptors rebounded from a 94-87 loss in Game 1. Patrick Patterson had 12 points and Greivis Vasquez finished with 11. Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Deron Williams had 15 and Mirza Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who will host Game 3 on Friday night.
Tyrone Corbin oversaw Utah's transition from Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams to a youth movement, one he won't get to see to fruition. The Jazz are in the market for a new coach after deciding not to offer Corbin a new contract Monday. The Jazz went 43-39 the next season and dumped a number of veterans. This year, they went 25-57, the worst season by the Jazz since 1979-80, when Utah was 24-58 following the franchise's relocation from New Orleans.
The Utah Jazz front office is searching for a new coach after declining to offer Tyrone Corbin a new contract. Corbin ends his stint with the Jazz with a 112-146 record. He became the head coach on Feb. 10, 2011, following the resignation of Jerry Sloan, whom he had played three seasons for and for whom he was a longtime assistant. Corbin guided the team to a winning record in two of his three full seasons and a playoff appearance in 2012 despite the departure of star point guard Deron Williams shortly after his promotion.
The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series. Playing in his 137th career postseason game, Pierce connected on four of his five shot attempts in the fourth as the Nets kept the Raptors at bay. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game.'' Nets coach Jason Kidd said Williams ''set the tone'' by scoring 18 points in the first half.
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 point points for Brooklyn. Guard Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 22 points, while guard Greivis Vasquez added 18.