Toronto Raptors 115, Orlando Magic 96
After dropping Game 1 against the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors never let the Magic back in this series in the same way as they never let the Orlando Magic in Game 5 last night in Scotiabank Arena as they closed out the series 4-1.
The Raptors got out to an early first quarter lead, scoring 35 points to the Magic’s 19. Orlando did not lead for a single second of the game as the Raptors were dominant on both sides of the floor.
Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam took over in this game. Leonard had 27 points and seven rebounds, while Siakam finished with 24 points. Kyle Lowry had 14 points and nine assists but he injured his finger in the game.
Orlando was led by DJ Augustin, who had 15 points. No other player scored more than 12 points.
Philadelphia 76ers 122, Brooklyn Nets 100
Like the Toronto Raptors, the Philadelphia 76ers were looking to end their first-round series early and make their Game 1 loss a distant memory. While the 76ers-Nets series was entertaining and very heated, the Nets never could get the Magic back that fueled their Game 1 win.
Last night, the 76ers outscored Brooklyn early and never looked back and another game that had zero lead changes or ties. At the half, the 76ers had a commanding 60-31 lead. The 76ers controlled the boards, and due to that, had a 19-4 lead in second-chance points.
For the Nets, who were in an elimination game, no one really showed up for them outside of Caris LeVert and a few of their bench players including Rodions Kurucs, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Shabazz Napier. D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie, who have been constants for the Nets in this series, combined for just 11 points. Hollis-Jefferson led all scorers with 21 points, and LeVert was right behind him with 18 points.
The 76ers were led by Joel Embiid, who finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Ben Simmons added 13 points and six assists.
The 76ers will now meet the Toronto Raptors in the second round.
Denver Nuggets 108, San Antonio Spurs 90
The Denver Nuggets used the momentum they built up in their Game 4 win in San Antonio to get past the Spurs on their home court for Game 5. The Nuggets now have the Spurs right where they want them, on the brink of elimination for Game 6 in San Antonio.
The Spurs built up an early lead, but like most leads they’ve built in this series, they seem to vanish quickly and the Nuggets never looked back once they got the lead. When San Antonio wasn’t missing point-blank easy baskets at the rim (6-of-16 in the restricted area in the first half), the Nuggets defense was suffocating and seem to know exactly what to expect from the Spurs on every play. On the other end of the floor, Denver’s three-point shooters had a second consecutive hot shooting game and Jamal Murray struggling is long an afterthought now that he’s strung together very strong performances.
Murray finished with 23 points and seven assists and Nikola Jokic added 16 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. For the Spurs, they were led by DeMar DeRozan and La Marcus Aldridge, who had 17 points apiece.
Game 6 is on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.
Portland Trail Blazers 118, Oklahoma City Thunder 115
The Oklahoma City got started on fire on Tuesday night. The bad news for them was that so did Damian Lillard, and he wouldn’t slow down all game. In one of the best games of the playoffs so far, it was truly a game of several lead changes as both teams went on big runs. Portland led 61-60 at the half, but it was tied up with seconds to go. That’s when Lillard showed he was ready for his big moment.
Big defended by a much taller Paul George, Lillard dribbled from about 27 feet away and then took a side step to launch a deep three as the clock expired. The shot fell in, Lillard waved bye to OKC players and that was that.
Lillard finished with 50 points. CJ McCollum and Marice Harkless had 17 points apiece. OKC was led by Paul George, who had 36 points. Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds, but he also struggled from deep as he has all season.
The Portland Trail Blazers can now get some rest as they sit and wait to see who will come out of the series between the Nuggets and Spurs.
Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets Game 5 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX – 8:00 p.m. ET – TNT
LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors Game 5 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA – 10:30 p.m. ET – TNT
Rockets and Warriors lead 3-1.