National Basketball Association play-offs: Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets win to level series

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics

Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry starred as defending champions the Toronto Raptors topped the Boston Celtics 100-93 to level their Eastern Conference semi-final series in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

In Game 2, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic led the way for the Nuggets, who led by as many as 23 points against the second-seeded Clippers.

THE BOSTON CELTICS moved to within one win of the Eastern Conference finals as they dispatched the reigning champion Toronto Raptors 111-89 overnight.

The Nuggets, routed 120-97 in game one of the Western Conference series on Thursday, turned the tables with a blistering first half in which they led by as many as 23 points.

Meanwhile, 11 rebounds and double-doubles from Siakam and Kyle Lowry, who also scored 22 points, spearheaded a second successive Raptors win.

Lightning demolish Islanders to open East finals
Tampa Bay returns to the ice against the Islanders on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for Game Two play. Six different Lightning players managed to tack on a goal in the Lightning's Game One victory.

For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Kemba Walker scored 15 points and made 8 assists in the losing effort.

Paul George had 22 points for the Clippers, while Kawhi Leonard had a rare sub-par night, shooting only four from 17 in collecting 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. His field goal percentage is down from 45.3% to 41.6%, and his shot attempts have dipped sharply to 15.8 from 18.4 per game. He posted 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the first game, helping carry his team to a three point victory in Game 2 with 34 points and 6 assists, going 4-for-7 from downtown. Murray promptly answered with a three-pointer and the Nuggets were away again.

The Celtics were just seven for 35 (20 per cent) from three-point range.

It's also his second $25,000 fine of the season; he got the first in October for throwing the ball into the stands after the Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the opening game of the season for both clubs.

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