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Deron Williams scores 24 points as Nets beat Raptors 94-87 in playoff opener

  • Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Raptors' Greivis Vasquez drives through the Brooklyn Nets defense during the first half of Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

    Toronto Raptors' Greivis Vasquez drives through the Brooklyn Nets defense during the first half of Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Toronto Raptors new general manager Masai Ujiri gestures during an NBA basketball news conference in Toronto. Raptors general manager Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before a Saturday, April 19, 2014, opening game of the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)

    FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Toronto Raptors new general manager Masai Ujiri gestures during an NBA basketball news conference in Toronto. Raptors general manager Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before a Saturday, April 19, 2014, opening game of the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)  (The Associated Press)

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-pointers.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors.

Valanciunas is the second Raptors player to have a double double in his postseason debut. Tracy McGrady had 25 points and 10 rebounds against New York in his first playoff game in 2000.

Valanciunas also set a Raptors record for playoff rebounds by surpassing Keon Clark, who had 16 against Detroit in 2002.