Pierce, a former National Basketball Association player turned analyst, called Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors a "regular season player" after he scored zero points in the Raptors' shocking 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of their first round playoff matchup. Gasol's team has won 11 of 14 career matchups against Vucevic (regular season and now playoffs), with the Montenegrin centre averaging 12.0 points and 8.9 rebounds on 43 per cent shooting in those games. Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Raptors dominated from the off and built up a 24-point lead heading into the final quarter before clinching victory to tie the series at 1-1.
Terrance Ross #31 of the Orlando Magic dribbles the ball as Jeremy Lin #17 of the Toronto Raptors defends during the first half of an National Basketball Association game at Scotiabank Arena on February 24, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The five-time all-star guard scored zero points in Toronto's 104-101 loss to Orlando in the series opener on Saturday, suddenly switching the script on this much-anticipated post-season run. Part of that appeared to be due to a slight hesitance on Siakam's part to shoot, something he worked out of his game throughout the regular season, but that crept back in Saturday, no doubt due to the importance each possession, each decision, carries in the playoffs.
"The best players - and I believe he's been our best player all year - there's just certain things they figure out as the series goes on", Clifford said.
Leonard had 17 first-half points and Lowry, who was held without a point in Game 1, had 15.
At his best, Lowry is a roving, relentless ball of energy.
The Magic had two early turnovers in the face of Toronto's swarming defence, missed their first six shots and trailed 16-2.
"At halftime, I thought we had settled down", Clifford said.
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"Well, considering (how Game 1 played out)", Nurse said.
The Raptors are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven conference games, but 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a winning record.
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.
"I would imagine they're extremely pissed off this morning", Nurse said. We take a look, beginning with the starters.
As Lowry ambled to the line, the Toronto crowd cheered in anticipation of his first point of the series.
Ten - Concern: However, the absence of Anunoby was still felt in Terrence Ross's 15 points off the bench. He even drew up a late play for him. G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was not available despite practicing the previous two days.
82 points is the third-lowest scoring total for the Magic this season, while that's the least amount of points Toronto has given up this season. Their focus has been on Game 2. He was fearless in going to the rim, dove on the floor for loose balls, sacrificed his body for charges, guarded just about every wing on the Magic, blocked D.J. Augustin at the rim, and broke down the defense to create open looks for his teammates.