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Nets end Raptors’ 15-game winning streak

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The Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday to end the reigning champions’ magical 15-game winning streak.

Forward Caris LeVert led the Nets’ 101-91 victory over the Raptors. He had a team-high 20 points, as well as seven rebounds and four assists. On the other hand, Joe Harris had 19 points and six rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 17 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

The Nets were without star guard Kyrie Irving, who remains out with a sprained ligament in his right knee. Despite this, Brooklyn dominated most of the game, leading by as much as 15 points at one point. While they shot finished with a 40.9 percent clip from the field, they limited the Raptors to just 37.8 percent shooting

The Nets now sport a 25-28 record for seventh in the East, remaining in playoff contention despite the myriad of injuries that their key players has suffered.

Serge Ibaka, who returned after a one-game absence, led the Raptors with 28 points while snagging nine rebounds. Fred VanVleet added 22 points while All-Star forward Pascal Siakam had 16 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.

The Nick Nurse-coached squad sneakily put up an impressive streak over the past few weeks. They took advantage of their relatively easy schedule against a bunch of bottomfeeders and mid-tier teams. Nevertheless, the streak speaks volumes of how well-coached the team is, contrary to what people expected after Kawhi Leonard bolted this past summer.

Toronto’s core is pretty much still intact, especially with veteran guard Kyle Lowry leading the team. Siakam, who was voted into his first All-Star game, has emerged into the team’s best player as well.