NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Raptors cruise to win over Magic; Nuggets come back to top Spurs

‘The series don’t start till you win on the road’ – Lillard on Blazers 2-0 lead against Oklahoma

The Raptors responded to their Game 1 loss with a 111-82 victory over the Magic on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

Second-seeded Toronto improved considerably, and Kawhi Leonard was simply unstoppable against Orlando.

Leonard exploded for a game-high 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting and was relentless in his pursuit of the hoop.

Aaron Gordon led the overwhelmed Magic in scoring, totaling 20 points while most of his teammates struggled from the field.

Now the series is knotted up at 1-1 as the two squads head to Orlando for Game 3.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets were upset by the Spurs in Game 1, but also found their footing in Game 2.

Although Denver trailed by seven entering the final frame, it outscored San Antonio by 16 to secure a 114-105 victory.

Four of the Nuggets’ five starters scored at least 20 points, and they were led by Jamal Murray, who had a team-high 24.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with a game-high 31 points.

San Antonio will likely make some adjustments to prevent a late game surge in Game 3 at home.

Studs of the Night

Kyle Lowry bounced back from a scoreless Game 1 outing with 22 points and seven assists for Toronto.

LaMarcus Aldridge totaled 24 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs.

Duds of the Night

Jonathan Isaac scored five points on 1-of-8 shooting for the Magic.

Rudy Gay scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting in San Antonio’s loss.

Highlights

CJ McCollum blew by the Thunder and finished with a scoop shot off the glass.

Murray scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and hit seven straight shots to help the Nuggets win.

What’s Next?

Jazz at Rockets 9:30 p.m. ET — Utah was blown away by Houston in Game 1. Its defensive strategy to contain James Harden was full of holes. The Jazz will have to showcase some serious adjustments to stop the Rockets from running away with the series.

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