Jonas Valanciunas was incredibly efficient with 19 points and 14 rebounds in his 23 minutes played.
The Blazers' backcourt. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined to shoot just 13 for 41, and their three combined points on 1-for-15 shooting in the first half doomed Portland to a big hole from which it could not recover.
"He (was) just going where he wanted to go with the ball", Casey said. Well, that and dead-pan humour from head coach Scott Brooks, who suggested after his team dropped its second game in the best of seven series that maybe next year he wouldn't vote for DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry for the Eastern All-Star Team.
Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night. "We started off poorly again". "They had some good moments but not enough".More news: Russian hackers 'already targeting United Kingdom for revenge'
LeBron James and the Cavs lost 98-80 in game one after in outscored them 33-14 in the first quarter. Toronto is averaging a sizzling 122 points through two games in this series, and their depth appears to be too much for the Wizards to handle. He had 14 points on 10 shots with eight assists.
Celtics: At age 21, Brown is the youngest player in Celtics history to score 30 or more points in a playoff game.
Beal had 19 points in Game 1 and compounding his issues Tuesday were three three-point personal fouls and a pair of missed threes and a blocked driving layup in the fourth that helped the Raptors find their legs for their finishing kick. He was handing out 5.1 assists a game, pulling down 4.3 boards and doing it all in under 35 minutes a night DeRozan took control of a team that was trying to establish a new identity. The other team had better show up Friday or this series is all but over.
There were a couple of bright lights for Washington at the time. Lawson made his Wizards debut in the first, replacing Wall. Then after a Raptors turnover, Wall was fouled and hit both free throws which cut the lead to single digits for the first time since the 8:03 mark of the first quarter. Toronto has won six out of their last seven games overall, and they posted a 25-16 road record this season. Although Washington was able to make up quite a bit of ground in the second half, the die was largely cast on this one early. Toronto's previous high for points in a quarter of a playoff game was 39, set against Orlando in 2008. This was not those same Raptors, as they went on to prove. "Even more just shocking hearing it from him (Gortat) and understand he gets the most assists from me and gets the most spoon-fed baskets ever".More news: NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol postponed due to rain
But it took some prompting from teammate Kyle Lowry for DeRozan to talk about his accomplishment. "We needed every point. I'm gonna do what I can to protect the ball and get my guys open". "He held it down for our team".
Wright's three-pointers were particularly clutch.
Washington Coach Scott Brooks called out Beal for his poor play so far and bet there is better Beal to come in this series.
"Gambling is probably not the right word, but we've got to pick our poison", Brooks said.More news: Joel Embiid 'wants green light to play' for Philadelphia 76ers
"I think it puts some pressure on us", Lillard said. The old cliché about a series not truly starting until a team loses on home court is not wrong, and the Raptors have said such things themselves in each of the last two playoff runs, after they twice went to Cleveland and promptly had their lunch money stolen in two straight games at Quicken Loans Arena.