NBA roundup: Nuggets, Raptors even series

NBA roundup: Nuggets, Raptors even series
By Reuters

17/04/2019 at 06:50Updated 17/04/2019 at 06:51

Jamal Murray scored 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and the host Denver Nuggets rallied from down 19 to beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Tuesday night.

Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, Gary Harris scored
23 points, and Paul Millsap had 20 points for Denver. The Nuggets tied the
series 1-1 and ended San Antonio's seven-game playoff winning streak in
Denver.

DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points for the
Spurs.

Murray, who missed his first eight shots, hit five consecutive shots in the
fourth quarter, including two straight and a pair of free throws that gave
Denver a 99-97 lead, its first advantage since 17-16. The Nuggets were ahead
by three before Murray drained two 3-pointers to make it 110-101.

Raptors 111, Magic 82

Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points on 15-for-22 shooting from the field, and
Toronto defeated visiting Orlando to even its first-round Eastern Conference
playoff series at one game apiece.

Pascal Siakam added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never
trailed. Kyle Lowry contributed 22 points and seven assists for Toronto while
Serge Ibaka chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Aaron Gordon scored 20 points for the Magic, who split the regular-season
series 2-2 with the Raptors. Terrence Ross added 15 points for Orlando while
Evan Fournier scored 10 points.

Trail Blazers 114, Thunder 94

CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 62 points as Portland swept to a
victory over visiting Oklahoma City.

McCollum scored 33 points and Lillard added 29 as the Trail Blazers seized a
2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. Maurice
Harkless chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds for Portland, which led by as
many as 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Paul George tallied 27 points with eight rebounds for the Thunder, who led by
as many as 10 points in the first half. Russell Westbrook collected 14 points,
11 assists and nine boards for Oklahoma City but shot only 5 of 20 from the
field.

--Field Level Media

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