Leonard's 37 leads Raptors over Magic

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Pascal Siakam added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed. His style is utilitarian, more efficient than it is exciting - he is the kind of player who laughs at the idea of trying to pull off fancy moves - and he is unapologetically brash.

Toronto is 6-9 in Game 3s in the playoffs over the years, but has dropped four straight after winning three in a row ... Meanwhile, finally unleashed and featured offensively, Valanciunas was looking like an all-star before an ankle injury cut his season short.

"We just played bad", said Ross, a former Raptor. His impact on the game was terrific for them.

"There's regular season players and there's playoff players", Pierce stated. They knew they were better than that.

Las Vegas oddsmakers believe the rowdy Amway Center crowd will give the Orlando Magic a significant boost during their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 106 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 93 points on 38.6 percent shooting. He's recorded nine assists in two games.

"I know we'll be better next game". However, the Magic coach also issued a challenge for the centre.

The margin is only four points.

Toronto held Orlando to an anemic effective field goal percentage of 42.6, and surrendered only 21 attempts at the rim all game.

"(Amway Center is) going to be handsome Friday night.

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The Raptors have defended him physically in this series, and limited his touches.

Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was "at his finest" in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse.

The Raptors were just 12 of 36 from the arc in Game 1 as they struggled to make key shots.

The fact that Vucevic hasn't been able to play to the high standard he set for himself this season is a credit to Marc Gasol.

"They did a good job of taking away a lot of my strengths", Vucevic said. I didn't take many shots either tonight. "I've just got to look at the tape". "I've been the same size since I was (young) and nobody expected me to be in the National Basketball Association, and I'm going into my 12th year".

Game 1 was a surprise, but I don't see the surprise happening today as well. The Raptors should spam this combination ad nauseam for the remainder of the series.

Even as No. 7-seeded Orlando found a way to edge No. 2-seeded Toronto in Game 1, Vucevic hadn't showcased his usual effective post ups.

The Magic return home after splitting games in Toronto 1-1. He made 14 baskets in that game.

Meanwhile, Gasol is a seasoned vet and proven defender.

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He's not wrong. Consider the success Toronto has had against the guy most likely to trouble them.

In many ways, he's like a seven-foot Kyle Lowry. (Lowry ranked sixth with 23 drawn charges, despite only playing 65 games).

"In terms of his ball-handling and shooting, he has an exceptional, exceptional skill level, even in this league", Clifford says.

"I got the ball in some decent spots in the post a few times and they double-teamed me early", Vucevic said.

"Tonight he was just in a groove, getting downhill, getting to his spots", Lowry said. So that's why the mental game doesn't really matter. "If it doesn't work a couple times, you have to be disciplined enough to continue to do it".

In the first game of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Magic, Orlando stunned the second-seeded Raptors with a victory at the buzzer at Scotiabank Arena.

Historically, Gasol has had Vucevic's number.

On Tuesday, he bounced back with 22 points and seven assists in a 111-82 blowout win.

The big test for Gasol, assuming Toronto does go deep into the playoffs, will be how he matches up with different types of big men.

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