Nuggets rally past Spurs to pull even

Source:AFP Published: 2019/4/17 19:23:46

Raptors rout Magic in Game 2

Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets shoots against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in Denver, Colorado. Photo: VCG

Jamal Murray led a dramatic late fightback as the Denver Nuggets scored a series-leveling 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in their Western Conference playoff duel.

Murray, who had missed a potentially game-winning jump shot in Denver's defeat in Game 1 on Saturday, erupted for 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets grabbed a vital win in Denver.

The 22-year-old Canadian, who had looked out of sorts throughout, made eight of nine field goal attempts in the fourth quarter to tie the series at 1-1 ahead of Game 3 in Texas on Thursday.

Murray's late burst of scoring proved the difference on a night when four ­other Denver players finished with double figures. Gary Harris had 23 points, while ­Nikola Jokic added 21 for Denver, who also saw power forward Paul Millsap add 20. Monte Morris chipped in with 11 points from the bench.

San Antonio, who led 59-49 at halftime, saw DeMar DeRozan top the scoring, with 31 points. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points but only one other player, Derrick White, managed to crack double digits, adding 17 points.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points and Pascal Siakam delivered a double-double as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 111-82 to level their Eastern Conference series.

The Raptors, who were jolted by a shock defeat in Game 1 on Saturday, came roaring back to dominate the Magic throughout on their way to a comfortable win. After opening up a 51-39 lead at halftime, the Raptors cut loose in a devastating third quarter, outscoring Orlando by 39-27 to take 90-66 lead heading into the fourth.

Leonard was the architect for the Raptors' potent offense, making 15 of 22 field goals on his way to 37 points, four rebounds and four assists before a ­raucous home crowd at the Scotiabank Arena. The series now heads back to Game three in Orlando on Friday.

In the other playoff game on Tuesday, the Portland Trail Blazers took a stranglehold on their series with Oklahoma City Thunder, forging into a 2-0 lead with a one-sided 114-94 win.


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