The talk heading into this series was about how the Nets’ experience would overwhelm the Raptors’ youth.

At least in Game 1, that turned out to be the case, as the Nets came away with a 94-87 win in Game 1 thanks to a late run inspired almost entirely by Paul Pierce, who was brought from Boston to Brooklyn to do just that.

It was a raucous atmosphere inside Air Canada Centre, which was hosting its first playoff series in six years, full of a sellout crowd’s worth of fans — as well as several thousand more outside — hoping to see the Raptors claim their first playoff series victory since beating the Knicks in five games in 2001.

The atmosphere was only heightened when Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, speaking to the several thousand fans packed into Maple Leaf Square outside the arena before the game when he ended his speech with, “F— Brooklyn” — much to the delight to the assembled fans — and later offered a half-hearted apology at halftime.

But this series was expected to be a taut, intense affair after the two teams split four games evenly in the regular season — all of which were competitive into the fourth quarter, and three of which were decided by a combined seven points.

This one was no different, with the Raptors taking a 76-75 lead with 5:13 remaining on a 3-pointer from Greivis Vasquez, and appearing ready to take it right down to the wire.

It was then, however, the experience factor kicked in for the Nets, as Joe Johnson immediately answered with a basket to put the Nets back in front before the two former Celtics stars the Nets brought to Brooklyn to show them how to win in the postseason, and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, did exactly that.

Garnett hit his patented turnaround jumper in the lane to put the Nets up 79-76 with 3:41 remaining, and then Pierce did the rest.

After the Nets had missed 19 straight 3-pointers, Pierce found himself open on the wing and calmly buried a triple to push the score to 82-76 with 2:58 left.