NBA PLAYOFFS: Toronto Raptors bounce back to level Orlando Magic series with masterclass by star duo Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry while Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City Thunder blunder again in Portland
- Toronto Raptors returned to level conditions in their series with Orlando Magic
- Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry changed the style and made it 1-1 after two games
- Denver Nuggets took shape when they defeated the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday
- Oklahoma City Thunder & # 39; s misery continued, as Portland Trail Blazers made it 2-0
Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points and Kyle Lowry bounced back from a scoreless playoff-opener with 22 of his own while the Toronto Raptors completed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday-evening.
Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never drove with 34 and were led when Toronto reached 1-1 in the first round. Game three is Friday night in Orlando.
Despite the fact that he spent most of the night in terrible trouble, Leonard ended with a career play-off – high 15 field goals. He made his first nine attempts from the inside of the arch before missing a layout.
Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points when Toronto Raptors checked the style against Orlando Magic
Pascal Siakam was also in good shape at home when he drove to the basket with a purpose
He shot 15 for 22 before leaving for a standing ovation with 4:46 remaining and Toronto comfortably ahead 104-73.
Lowry, who missed all seven attempts in Game One, shot eight for 13 and added seven assists.
Aaron Gordon scored 20 points, Terrence Ross had 15 and Evan Fournier took 10 for the Magic, who won Saturday's opening series play 104-101 on a draw three from D.J. Augustin with 4.2 seconds left.
All eyes were on Leonard and Toronto suffered a shock defeat in the series opener for Orlando
NBA PLAYBACKS AS IT STATES
Toronto Raptors 1-1 Orlando Magic
Denver Nuggets 1-1 San Antonio Spurs
Portland Trail Blazers 2-0 Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers 1-1 Brooklyn Nets
Golden State Warriors 1-1 LA Clippers
Houston Rockets 1-0 Utah Jazz
Boston Celtics 1-0 Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks 1-0 Detroit Pistons
In Denver the pressure was on for the Nuggets to regain control of their first round against the San Antonio Spurs.
Jamal Murray missed his first eight shots for a fast fourth quarter in which he scored 21 of his 24 points, bringing Denver past San Antonio to link their playoff series to one game each.
The Nuggets were in danger of losing a second consecutive game at the Pepsi Center after placing the best home record of the NBA (34-7) during the regular season.
They followed 78-59 late in the third quarter before closing the game after a 55-27 point.
The series then shifts to San Antonio, where the Nuggets have not won since 2012, for Game Three on Thursday nights.
Paul Millsap added 20 points for Denver and Nikola Jokic just missed his second triple-double of the series, scored 21 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out eight assists.
Denver Nuggets returned to winning ways when they dropped their series against San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs received 31 points from DeMar DeRozan, 24 from LaMarcus Aldridge and 17 from Derrick White.
While Toronto and Denver shook off their early playoff nerves to match their respective series, it wasn't for Oklahoma City Thunder, as they were beaten for a second consecutive game of the Portland Trail Blazers.
CJ McCollum had 33 points, Damian Lillard added 29 and Portland roared to a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Maurice Harkless added 14 points and nine rebounds for the third-placed Blazers, who opened a playoff series with two wins for the first time since the playoffs in 2014, when they defeated Houston Rockets in six games.
It was more disappointment for Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City Thunder in Portland
Blazerswacht Damian Lillard was sensational again when he continued to harass the Thunder
The series will move to Oklahoma City on Friday for the third game in a draw of great significance for Russell Westbrook and his teammates as they hope to escape an exit in the first round.
Westbrook, who had his ninth career postseason triple-double in the opening game loss of Oklahoma City, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.
Paul George had 27 points, despite lingering questions about his right shoulder, which was covered with kinesiology tape.