Raptors big win resounds on social media

The Toronto Raptors took down the Brooklyn Nets and took off on social media Sunday night.

Toronto's defeat of the Brooklyn Nets sets #WeTheNorth trending

Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors managed to even their best-of-seven playoff series with a road win against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night. The win had the Raptors hashtag #WeTheNorth trending on Twitter. (Associated Press)

With the Leafs out and Montreal the only Canadian NHL team in the playoffs, much of this spring's Canadian playoff excitement rides with the Toronto Raptors, whose big win Sunday night made a splash on social media.

The road win evened the best-of-seven series against the Brooklyn Nets at two games each, setting up a crucial Game 5 on Wednesday in Toronto.

It was a gutsy win, one that came despite injuries to star point guard Kyle Lowry who played the final quarter in serious foul trouble and nursing an injured knee.

It's the kind of win that can rally a city, particularly because it comes at a time when Leafs players are busy lining up putts.

Here's a sampling of some of the social media buzz circulating before, during and after last night's win.

CBC's Charlsie Agro was in Maple Leaf Square to capture the buzz as the game got underway and the crowd gathered in chilly weather to watch the game on the big screen.

Many noted the Raptors have now worked their way into water cooler conversations.

This image pokes fun at accusations that fair-weather fans were too quick to hop aboard the Raptors band wagon.

This video clip of DeMar DeRozan "silencing" the Brooklyn crowd after the win was popular.

Then there was this image, of #WeTheNorth written on the iconic Brooklyn bridge.

And this, a twist on the two team logo showing the Raptors devouring the Nets.

Perhaps sensing the trend, Toronto politicians also passed out praise after Sunday's win. Here's Mayor Rob Ford's response.

And here's Olivia Chow, suggesting DeRozan run for mayor even though she's running in that crowded field of candidates trying to unseat Ford.

Finally, Twitter Canada reported that #WeTheNorth was the No. 1 trending topic last night.

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