There were high expectations for the Barclays Center crowd entering Game 3 after Toronto’s GM Masai Ujiri’s “F— Brooklyn” remarks earlier in the week. Kevin Garnett challenged Brooklyn fans to respond with energy as the series shifted to the Nets home floor, but for a large portion of the first half of last night’s contest, the Brooklyn crowd was dead.
Garnett and teammate Paul Pierce then took it upon themselves to fire up the Barclays Center with a pair of plays in the second quarter.
First, Pierce burned Tyler Hansborough on a crossover before throwing down a one-handed jam. Later in the frame, Garnett dove on the floor for a loose ball and hopped back up holding his jersey and barking at the Brooklyn crowd with Pierce at his side. Both plays caused the Nets’ home crowd to erupt.
After the game, Pierce made a plea to Nets fans to bring more energy for Game 4. (Via the New York Daily News)
“Eventually they got into it. Hopefully the next game, they’ll be better from the start. We want to come out from the jump and have them in the game. It shouldn’t take a big play from us.”
The Nets beat the Raptors in Game 3 102-98 and now hold a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series.