Humphries' double-double leads Nets over Raptors
Former D-League star Gerald Green tied his season high by scoring 20 of his 26 points in the second half as the Nets snapped a two-game losing streak. Anthony Morrow added 15 points for New Jersey, which shot 48 percent from the field.
James Johnson and Jerryd Bayless had 16 points apiece for Toronto, which was limited to 38 second-half points, including 15 in the third quarter when the Nets took the lead.
With the NBA trading deadline on Thursday, there remained rumors that the Nets were still in the hunt for a trade to bring Dwight Howard from Orlando to New Jersey.
Green finished 9 for 13 from the field, including 7 for 10 in the second half when New Jersey outscored Toronto 57-38.
Trailing 46-41 at the half, Humphries scored six points and Brooks had five in a 17-6 run that gave the Nets a 58-52 lead. Toronto scored 15 points in the third quarter and trailed 68-61 entering the final 12 minutes.
The Raptots, who played in Cleveland on Tuesday night, seemed to have nothing left in the second half. They never made a run in the fourth quarter, or at least Green would not let them. He scored eight of the Nets' first 13 points and he put the game out of reach with a big 3-pointer with 4:15 to go to give New Jersey an 86-75 lead.
The Raptors had a five point lead at the half but it should have been much more. They missed at least a half a dozen shots in close.
Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams missed his third straight game with a strained right calf, while the Raptors' Jose Calderon missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle.
NOTES: This was the second of season-high five-game road trip for the Raptors. ...The Nets lead the four-game season series, 2-1. ... With the NBA trading deadline less than 24 hours away and rumors still swirling involving the New Jersey and Dwight Howard, Nets coach Avery Johnson laughed when asked when he talks to general manager Billy King. "I'm kind of the guy when you get on the 10-yard line, or the five-yard line, then call me. Put it like that." He refused to say whether the Nets were in the red zone. ...Toronto center Amir Johnson was called for a flagrant foul in the second for almost tackling Humphries on a layup attempt. He did not play much after that.