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Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors


Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams shoots on Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez during Game 1 of the NBA playoffs opening round in Toronto on Saturday.

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TORONTO — 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.
“You just get that feeling, you’ve been in those situations a number of times ...

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