Kidd said Pierce’s assist on Garnett’s basket was indicative of Brooklyn’s collective trust.
“That just symbolized who we are as a team, that we trust one another no matter what someone is shooting from the floor, how someone is playing, that we all trust that someone is going to step up and make a shot,” Kidd said.
Pierce added two more baskets on either side of a 3 by Vasquez, and the Nets sealed it with six free throws in the final 22 seconds.
NOTES: Kidd was asked before the game to explain why he had shaved his beard. “I thought it would be a nice thing to do to start the playoffs,” Kidd said. ... Raptors GM Masai Ujiri used a profanity about Brooklyn in a pregame address to fans watching outside the arena. Ujiri said he was “just trying to get our fans going.” ... Rapper Drake and former Raptors guard Alvin Williams attended the game.
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