NBA: Toronto Raptors crush Brooklyn Nets 150-122

Toronto, Aug 24 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/24/2020 9:28:02 AM IST

The Toronto Raptors brushed aside the Brooklyn Nets to set up a enthralling series against the Boston Celtics. 

Reserve Norman Powell scored a career playoff-high 29 points as the Raptors beat an undermanned Nets 150-122 to complete a four-game sweep in their first-round playoff series on Sunday.
Serge Ibaka added a playoff career-best 27 points off the bench and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who swept a best-of-seven playoff series for the first time in their 25-year franchise history.
The Raptors, who set a franchise record for points in a playoff game, will now play the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Toronto played most of the game without guard Kyle Lowry, who had two points and three assists in nine minutes. He left the court with three minutes remaining in the first quarter and never returned after twisting his ankle.
The Raptors went ahead early on and never looked back as they entered the fourth quarter with a 29-point cushion.
Pascal Siakam added 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for Toronto, Terence Davis had 14 points, Matt Thomas had 12 and OG Anunoby had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Caris LeVert led Brooklyn with 35 points and added six assists and six rebounds. Tyler Johnson added 13 points, Dzanan Musa had 12, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 11 points, Garrett Temple had 10 points and Jarrett Allen contributed eight points and 15 rebounds for the Nets, who played without several top players.
LeVert sizzled early with 26 first-half points, but the Raptors opened the third quarter on a 17-2 surge with Powell scoring seven of the points on a dunk, a layup and a three-pointer. Davis beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to end the third quarter with the Raptors leading 116-87.
Denver Nuggets 127-129 Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell scored 51 points and dished out seven assists to help the Utah Jazz outlast the Denver Nuggets for a 129-127 victory, giving Utah a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Mitchell posted his second 50-point game in the series, becoming just the third NBA player alongside Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson to score 50 points twice in the same playoff series.
Mike Conley scored 26 points and Jordan Clarkson added 24 off the bench for the Jazz, while Rudy Gobert chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Jamal Murray exploded for 50 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists to lead Denver, with Nikola Jokic adding 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the loss.
An 11-2 lead gave Denver their largest lead of the first half at 43-35 after a strong start, before baskets from Clarkson and Mitchell and two free throws from the latter cut the deficit to 65-64 at the half.
Utah moved into the ascendancy in the third when Conley produced a pair of three-pointers in a 12-4 run that put Utah up 91-83, before another triple and two free throws extended the lead to 102-91 early in the fourth.
Denver heated up from the perimeter and cut the deficit to 109-108 on back-to-back three-pointers from Murray, but couldn’t retake the lead as Mitchell drained a three-pointer and hit five free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.


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