Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points and Kyle Lowry bounced back with 22 points, as Toronto took Game 2 111-82 Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.
But there is one concern for the Magic as the series shifts to Orlando for Games 3 and 4: Nikola Vucevic hasn't been the player he was during the regular season.
"We came out and played defense tonight", Leonard said. KLOE finished the game with a full stat sheet: 22 points, a team-high seven assists, four rebounds, two steals, a block and +30 plus/minus.
Orlando surprised many with a 104-101 win at Toronto to open the series on Saturday.
"It wasn't flipping the switch, it was more being locked in on every coverage, everything we wanted to do, just being on the same page and communication", Lowry said. "For me, I play the game the right way and missed some shots, and we lost so it looks worse". We feed off the crowd, we like their energy and it's a attractive thing. However, would this narrative be as talked about if the Raptors would have came out on top against the Magic on Saturday? "He's a bright guy, he's a very good player and I think he'll figure this out".
From Feb. 9 - the day Gasol played his first game with the Raptors - to the end of the regular season, Toronto ranked fourth in the National Basketball Association in passes per contest (315.3) and third in assists (27.7), up from 20th (290.8) and 16th (24.4) respectively. Things got heated down the stretch when Michael Carter-Williams threw an elbow to Lowry's face that almost knocked the point guard off his feet.
In 2018-19, Lowry has taken a significant step back in terms of usage and shot attempts.
McGrady, a Florida native, who previously joined FOX Sports Florida on-air last season when he was inducted into Orlando Magic Hall of Fame on March 20, 2018, will call the game alongside play-by-play announcer David Steele and color analyst Jeff Turner during the second quarter.
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Two free throws by Siakam 29 seconds later had the lead up to 16.
DENVER (AP) - Jamal Murray missed his first eight shots before a scorching fourth quarter in which he scored 21 of his 24 points, leading Denver past San Antonio and knotting their playoff series at a game apiece. But perhaps more importantly, the Raptors got a big game out of Kyle Lowry. That's him at his finest. He was doing it all.
Ten - Concern: However, the absence of Anunoby was still felt in Terrence Ross's 15 points off the bench.
Norman Powell connected on a three-pointer soon after to put the Raptors up by 34 points, sending many fans to the exit to beat the rush.
Augustin's journey to the present did include a 10-game stint with Toronto in the 2013-14 season, before the Raptors made a decision to keep Dwight Buycks over him.
Leonard connected of seven of nine attempts in the third, scoring 17 points.
"Their defence set the tone for the game in the first quarter", said Orlando coach Steve Clifford.
Leonard, understated as always, said the turnaround was due to the whole team buying into the defensive effort.
The Raptors have defended him physically in this series, and limited his touches.
Orlando didn't score for nearly five minutes to start the game, missing its first six shot attempts and four straight free throws.