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    TORONTO - Patrick Patterson said the memory of last years Raptors playoff run, and the heartbreaking way it ended, was on his mind from the moment he woke up Wednesday morning. Tarell Basham Jersey .If Wednesday night was a chance at payback, the Raptors accomplished it with a slam dunk — a 105-89 rout of the rival Brooklyn Nets.Im definitely happy that we won the game, that we handled our business out there, Patterson said. It was a bit of revenge in my eyes, even though its a different team, even though they have different personnel, it was still a great environment, just like Game 7.Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists, while Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors (20-6), who reached 20 wins before Christmas for the first time in franchise history.Patterson, Amir Johnson, and Greivis Vasquez finished with 13 points apiece.The game marked the first meeting between the two teams since the Nets dispatched the Raptors in seven games in the opening round of the playoffs — a spirited series that saw Raptors GM Masai Ujiri drop an F-bomb, and drew thousands of fans to Maple Leaf Square each game.But Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Wednesdays game, which was also Drake Night, wasnt about revenge.Were on a different path. Next game. Im already thinking about Detroit (Friday), Casey said.He said hes proud of the teams record as the fastest to reach 20 wins. But the coach is never one to celebrate.We are proud, everything weve done is to benefit the growth of our team, Casey said. But as you see, we have a lot of areas that we can improve on. Im a realist, where Im going to continue to pick out the places where we need to grow and get better.The Raptors entered the night with a half-game lead over idle Washington atop the Eastern Conference, and a full eight games ahead of the Nets in the race for the Atlantic Division title.The two teams paced each other for most of the night in a game that saw 11 lead changes through the first three quarters. The Raptors took just a 76-73 advantage into the fourth.But the Raptors have become known for their strong fourth quarters, especially at the Air Canada Centre, and Wednesday was no different. When Patterson drained a three-pointer with 4:35 to play, it put the Raptors up by 14 and brought the fans out of their seats.The Raptors owned the Nets over the final few minutes. When Joe Johnson went 0-for-3 at the free throw line, chants of Brooklyn sucks! rolled around the arena. And by the time Vasquez scored on a three-pointer with a minute to play, it gave the Raptors an 18-point lead.Much to the fans delight, rookie Bruno Caboclo made an appearance — the second of his career — for the games final few seconds, prompting chants of Lets go Bru-no!He went in for the wrong guy, too. We have to get that cleaned up, Casey said, with a chuckle. I tell you what, the young kid is going to be a player, the coach added. Ive never seen a young kid work as hard as he works on his game each and every day. He lives basketball, he sleeps it. . . so hes living the dream right now and Im so happy for him.Mason Plumlee had 23 points to top the Nets (10-14), while Joe Johnson added 17. The Raptors dropped Game 7 of last seasons playoff series in a 104-103 loss to the Nets at the ACC.Casey said it took him a couple of months to get over that loss.Going over each play, what we could have done different — the whole series, the playoff approach, the coach said. When youre that intense for that period of time, it takes a while to shut it down.Drake hosted his second annual Drake Night. All 19,800 fans were given keepsake T-shirts, and the Canadian rapper, whos also the teams global ambassador, did the pre-game player introductions.Drake said he chose the Nets for his night because of the obvious rivalry.If theres anybody that I want to beat, its the Nets, Drake said. Obviously, Ive got much love for New York and Brooklyn but in this particular arena at this particular moment, the one thing I want to do is knock out Brooklyn.The Raptors allowed the Nets to shoot 59 per cent in the first quarter, and trailed by 11 points after a three-pointer by Mirza Teletovic with 1:38 left in the frame. The Nets took a 30-22 advantage into the second.Johnson led the way with seven points and five boards in a second quarter that saw the Raptors outscore the Nets 31-22. Lowry banked a jumper off the glass to send them into the halftime break up 53-52.Valanciunas poured in 10 points in the third, and the Raptors took a six-point lead on a dunk from Landry Fields. They led by three with one quarter left.The Raptors are in Detroit on Friday, then return home to host the New York Knicks on Sunday. . . They head west for a gruelling six-game road trip while the world junior hockey championships are in Toronto. Marlon Mack Colts Jersey . With the team he supported as a child on the verge of reaching the Champions League semifinals for the first time in 19 years, Ba instead scored the goal that knocked them out. Zach Banner Youth Jersey . Langer appeared to be in trouble when his second shot on the par-5 18th ended up in the rough short of the green. He hit a brilliant pitch to 5 feet and made the putt after Slumans birdie attempt rolled just wide.MINNEAPOLIS - What started as a bad day for the Toronto Blue Jays turned into a record-breaking disaster by nights end. Minnesota scored three straight runs on wild pitches by the Torontos Sergio Santos in the eighth inning, when the Twins walked eight times off three relievers in rallying for a 9-5 victory and a sweep of Thursdays day-night doubleheader. R.A. Dickey (1-3) allowed five runs as Minnesota won the opener 7-0. The Twins trailed 5-1 in the fifth of the night game before the Blue Jays pitching staff fell apart. Steve Delabar walked two batters starting the six-run eighth, setting up Santos (0-1) for trouble as manager John Gibbons called for his closer early. Santos walked all three batters he faced, loading the bases with one out when he put on pinch-hitter Trevor Plouffe. The Twins cut the lead to 5-4 when Josmil Pinto came home on a wild pitch. "Im obviously one of the main guys to blame there. I put us in a bad situation," Delabar said. "That was brutal." The collapse by the Blue Jays bullpen only got worse. Ball four by Santos to pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki was wild, too, allowing Chris Herrmann to score and tie the game. Santos threw another wild pitch to Brian Dozier, and pinch-runner Pedro Florimon raced home for the lead. J.A. Happ relieved Santos, who took his first blown save in five chances this year. Happ walked two more and then Jason Kubel broke open the game with a two-run single, the only hit of the inning. Santos, who has been handling the ninth-inning role while Casey Janssen is on the disabled list with a strained back, threw only four strikes in 16 pitches. "Coming into that situation, I had to be perfect," Santos said. "Looking back on it now, I felt like I was trying to be too perfect there. Tough, obviously. When you see the position guys go out and play in this cold weather, so many innings, its just a long day." The eight walks allowed is a team record, breaking the previous mark of seven free passes issued in the first inning on June 21, 1994, against Boston. The previous time a team walked eight times in one inning was April 19, 1996, when Texas did so against Baltimore. The record of 11 was set by the Washington Senatorss against the New York Yankees on Sept. Quincy Wilson Jersey. 11, 1949. Casey Fien (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Jose Bautista took over the AL lead with his sixth homer, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Bautista, who also walked and scored in the first, has gone deep 11 times in 14 games at the ballpark the Twins opened in 2010. Thats the same number of homers Joe Mauer has here in 256 games. Toronto starter Dustin McGowan failed to finish the fifth. But all that was forgotten with the wildness that came later in the game. Gibbons said hes never seen anything like what unfolded in the eighth. "We couldnt throw strikes. We didnt pitch good all series," he said. "Its cold, all right. Its cold for both sides. If youre ever going to get to September or October in the playoffs, its going to be cold." Kyle Gibson (3-0) beat the Blue Jays in the first game, the coldest start, 31 degrees, for an outdoor game in Twins history. The young righty breezed through a Toronto lineup that totalled 20 runs in the previous two games. The veteran Dickey didnt handle the cold nearly as well. "Im traditionally a slow starter so hopefully I can get on track next time. The conditions werent a big deal for me today. It wasnt ideal, but it wasnt something where I was coming in trying to soak my fingers in warm water to keep them warm. I just didnt execute when I needed to make a big pitch, and they put good swings on it," said Dickey, whos ERA rose to 6.26. Despite this dud, Dickey has pitched six-plus innings in two of his four starts. After wintry weather forced postponement of Wednesdays game, workers scrambled all morning to melt snow and ice from the seating areas, and the grounds crew dried the warning track. It would have been better for the Blue Jays if the game was snowed out again. "Im sure once we get on the plane well talk about it a little bit," Santos said. "But once we land in Cleveland, its all Cleveland." NOTES: Dickey is 1-3 with a 6.58 ERA in six career starts against the Twins. ... For the first time in 15 games this season, Blue Jays LF Melky Cabrera failed to get a hit. ... 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