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NBA Playoffs: Raptors Bounce Back With Dominant Win Over Magic

NBA Playoffs: Raptors Bounce Back With Dominant Win Over Magic

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The Toronto Raptors may or may not have taken the Orlando Magic seriously in Game One of their first-round series. However, after losing Game One, there was no way they were going to make the same mistake again in Game Two.

Kyle Lowry was especially looking to have a bounce-back game after going scoreless in Game One—and he did.

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 37 points followed by Lowry with 22 as Toronto dominated the Magic in Game Two, 111-82. Leonard made a point to give Lowry credit after the game, via ESPN:

“He did a great job of bouncing back. He’s a pro. That’s what pros do, they know it’s just one game, and they come in the next game ready to play.”

Toronto’s head coach, Nick Nurse, chimed in by referring to Lowry as “big time” and “at his finest.”

The Raptors made sure it was clear they came to play by starting the game off with an 11-0 run. Orlando was able to narrow the gap a little by the end of the quarter, but Toronto still led by eight, 26-18. The Magic got within six points early in the second but trailed by double digits for most of the quarter.

At the half, the Raptors were firmly in control with a 12-point lead, 51-39.

The second half was much like the first. Toronto kept the gas pedal down in the third and extended the lead out to 24 points heading into the fourth, 90-66. When the lead hit 31-points late in the final quarter, Nurse started to pull guys out.

Orlando’s hero from Game One, D.J. Augustin, was only 1-6 on the night with nine points (seven from the free throw line). Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 20 points followed by Terrence Ross with 15.

After making 48 percent of their three-point attempts in Game One (14-29), the Magic only made 26.5 percent in Game Two (9-34).

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The series will now move to Orlando for Game Three Friday night with tipoff scheduled for 7 PM ET. The early point spread has the Raptors favored to win (-4).

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