On Saturday night, the story was different, but the outcome was the same as the Raptors became the Brooklyn Nets' first victory at the Barclays Center.
The Raptors put up 35 points in the first quarter and carried an eight-point lead into the second, but coughed that lead up quickly and were forced to play catchup the rest of the way.
The Dinos trailed by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but clawed back to within one on a couple of separate occasions, including once late in the fourth. Ultimately, the team was unable to come away with the stops they needed late in the game and as a result, will leave Brooklyn with a record of 0-2
On the positive side of things for the Raptors, their starting backcourt was excellent. DeRozan and Lowry combined for 53 points, while Lowry also added 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Both players set the tone with their aggressiveness on multiple occasions, which seemed to rub off on other players at times.
Frontcourt depth was another key for the Raptors on this night.
Ed Davis and Amir Johnson had 11 points each and combined for 7 boards. With Valanciunas struggling to contain Brook Lopez, Aaron Gray saw some extra minutes in his place and had a strong showing, grabbing 4 boards and playing some solid defence against the Nets' starting Centre.
For the Nets, Brook Lopez was absolutely huge. Lopez finished with 27 points including 11 of 15 from the free-throw line. His play set the tone early, and completely took Valanciunas out of his game.
Former Raptor Reggie Evans lead the game in rebounding with 13 off of the pine and C.J Watson chipped in with 15 points also off of the bench.
I the end, Deron Williams closed things out for the Nets, scoring a respectable 19 points to go along with a game-high 9 assists.
The Dinos fall to 0-2 on the campaign in two hard-fought contests and will have a quick turnoaround as they take on the Timberwolves tomorrow evening at the ACC.