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Arizona in the NBA Playoffs: Rondae, Raptors roll Nets in series opener

Stanley Johnson did not play, which disappointed Toronto fans

Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

(Editor’s note: With Pac-12 sports gone until January, we will be recapping every NBA playoff game that includes a former Arizona Wildcat, along with some social media reaction.)

The Toronto Raptors took their first step toward defending their NBA title on Monday by demolishing the Brooklyn Nets 134-110 in their playoff opener.

The Raptors sprinted out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter and expanded it to 73-51 at the half.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who spent the first four years of his career with the Nets before signing with Toronto, had six points, two rebounds and a block in 11 minutes. He was 1 for 3 from the field but 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. His lone bucket was a reverse layup that gave Toronto a 41-22 lead early in the second quarter.

Stanley Johnson didn’t play for the Raptors, who have been on a roll since the NBA restart, winning eight of their last nine to finish as the No. 2 seed in the East.

The Nets are notably short-handed, missing Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan due to injuries and/or COVID-19 concerns.

The Raptors got 30 points and 11 assists from former Arizona Wildcat killer Fred VanVleet.

What’s next?

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. MST on ESPN.

Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic open their series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. MST on TNT.

T.J. McConnell and the Indiana Pacers begin their series against Andre Iguodala, Solomon Hill and the Miami Heat on Tuesday at 1 p.m. MST on TNT.

Remember: every NBA playoff game is taking place in the bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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