The New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors are showing the NBA fans overseas a good time as these teams will play in the second game of a back-to-back set in London.
The New Jersey Nets became the first NBA team to win a regular-season game in Europe after Brook Lopez scored 25 points Friday in a 116-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Kris Humphries had 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Deron Williams earned his first win since being acquired from the Utah Jazz last week, adding 16 points and 11 assists as the Nets ended a six-game losing streak.
The unusual venue meant the public announcer had to do some extra work, explaining some of the basic rules every now and then to the British crowd— like pointing out that a player fouled while shooting gets two free throws. And with crowd support split between the two teams—despite the Nets being listed as the home team—players had the rare experience of being booed by rival fans before every free throw, and then cheered by their own supporters if the shot was good.
While the game featured two teams with losing records and lacked a nail biting finish, there were plenty of highlights to please the fans. Lopez provided two of the biggest in the first half, first driving through the lane for a hard one-handed dunk to cut Toronto’s lead to 39-34, and then jumping over Leandro Barbosa for an alley-oop slam on an assist from Williams to give his team a 42-41 lead.
This series is all about the fans and the teams will be happy to head home, the Raptors play with more energy and win the second game splitting the series.
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