For the third straight game, Jarrett Allen didn’t play a single second in the fourth quarter. But this time it wasn’t DeAndre Jordan going the whole way in crunch time: It was stretch-4 Wilson Chandler playing the final four minutes as a small-ball 5.

“I thought it was great. We’re going to finish the game small sometimes and it was his turn to help win a game for us,” Jordan said of Chandler after the Nets’ impressive 101-91 win over the Raptors on Wednesday night. “He’s such a strong guy he’s able to box out and guard bigger guys but also quick enough to guard smaller guys too.”

Chandler played the final 4:29 in the fourth quarter at center, battling with Serge Ibaka. For the night he finished with eight points and six rebounds in 26:57.

“I think we’re starting to understand what that physicality means against the top teams, especially in the fourth quarter,” Kenny Atkinson said. “The veterans in this league, the Wilson Chandlers, the DeAndre Jordans, the Garrett Temples, they understand what it takes.”

Wilson Chandler shoots a jumper during the Nets' 101-91 win over the Raptors on Wednesday.
Wilson Chandler shoots a jumper during the Nets’ 101-91 win over the Raptors on Wednesday.NBAE via Getty Images

Caris LeVert had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a season-high four steals. The steals also matched a Nets season high.

In his last five games since being reinserted into the starting lineup, LeVert is averaging 24 points and 5.2 assists. But he did have five turnovers, something Atkinson wants him to cut down.

“He’s still got to work on his decision-making,” Atkinson said.


Spencer Dinwiddie posted 17 points, six boards and a team-high nine assists. In his last three games, he’s averaged 19.7 points, 10.3 assists and six boards. He has just three turnovers total.


Kyrie Irving missed Wednesday’s win over Toronto, his fifth straight, with a knee injury. And Atkinson wouldn’t commit to Irving suiting up in their first game after the All-Star break, Feb. 20 in Philadelphia.

“We’ll wait until we come back to make that decision [when he’ll play]. There’s a lot of days and I don’t want to go out and say something that I’d regret later,” Atkinson said. “There’s a lot of days in between and we’ll see. When we get back, those first couple practices will determine where he is.”

Nothing can be taken for granted regarding the health of Irving, who missed his 33rd game of the season versus the defending champs.