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TORONTO CANADA- APRIL 16 Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic

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.

Lowry was scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting in Toronto's Game 1 loss to Orlando.

Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed and led by as many as 34.

Game 3 of the series takes place in Orlando on Friday.

His Orlando counterpart Clifford gave an explanation before Game 2 of his approach to the use of star players, and though it certainly wasn't intended as advice for Nurse, it might as well have been. Here is the evidence: "I've just gotta figure it out", he said. (Only five players scored more points with their back to the basket than Vucevic this season, making it his most-used play type). Even though the Raptors made a statement in Game 2 by blowing them out by 28 points, they did what they were supposed to do by splitting the first two games in Toronto to steal homecourt advantage.

Following the Magic's Game 1 win, we knew the Raptors would come out in must-win mode.

Yet Vucevic has been missing in action through two playoff games against the Raps as the teams sit tied 1-1.

Lowry wasn't alone. On Tuesday, the Raptors embodied the best version of themselves - a versatile, veteran-savvy team featuring five elite defenders who can also slice you up offensively in the half court. Scotiabank Arena exploded with the excitement (decibel levels rivalled that of free pizza) when Lowry hit a free-throw in the first, and the night ended with Lowry getting a standing ovation as he checked out in the fourth. "The main thing I said going into the thing is, 'We need you to be our leader and be tough". The Magic are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games as an underdog, so you can make a case for the points.

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He had 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 shooting from the perimeter, eclipsing the number of shot attempts he took in Game 1's entirety.

Leonard connected of seven of nine attempts in the third, scoring 17 points. "Especially at the beginning of the third quarter".

Ten - Concern: However, the absence of Anunoby was still felt in Terrence Ross's 15 points off the bench.

Leonard, understated as always, said the turnaround was due to the whole team buying into the defensive effort. However, Gasol's positioning and physicality has literally forced him out of his comfort zone.

In over 30 minutes per game, 12 more than he was playing in Toronto, Wright flashed his all-around skill set, even recording back-to-back triple-doubles. G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was not available despite practicing the previous two days. As a team, the Magic shot 14 of 29 from the arc, which is definitely higher than usual.

Orlando coach Steve Clifford was far from alarmed about the performance of someone whose playoff resume now stands at all of two games.

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