The Toronto Raptors pulled off a comfortable 11-82 win against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of their first round playoff match at the Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.
With the win, the Raptors leveled the series at 1-1 thanks to the offensive prowess of Kawhi Leonard and a solid defensive showing from Marc Gasol.
After Saturday's defeat in game 1, the Raptors starters admitted that the collapse in defense, especially in the second quarter, and the lapses in concentration at key moments of the last quarter had proved decisive in the loss.
The Raptors came out on court on Tuesday determined not to repeat the errors of Game 1, and exerted such pressure on the Orlando players in the first five minutes that they were unable to score a single point.
Toronto opened the game with a 16-2 run that would set the tone for the rest of the game.
Such was Raptors center Marc Gasol's defense of Nikola Vucevic that the Magic player was unable to score only 2 points in the first 24 minutes of the game.
After an 11-0 run at the start of the game, a second personal foul on Gasol forced coach Nick Nurse to send Serge Ibaka in place of the Spaniard.
Toronto's defense suffered in Gasol's absence, and the Magic found space to score, ending the first quarter at 26-18 for the Raptors.
Although Orlando made more of a fist of it in the second quarter, Toronto blew them away in the third, outscoring the visitors by 12 points thanks largely to Leonard's heroics, which saw him put up 17 in the frame.
The fourth quarter continued the same theme,
Leonard, who scored 12 points in the first quarter alone, finished the game with 37 points, as well as four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 33 minutes of play, while Kyle Lowry was the second highest scorer with 22 points while making four rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Meanwhile, Gasol added 9 nine points, all 3-pointers, and had 3 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
D.J. Augustin, who had played a leading role in the Orlando team's game 1 win, proved ineffective on Tuesday, with only 7 points in the first half.
The top scorer of the Magic was Aaron Gordon with 20 points, five rebounds and two assists, while Terrence Ross chipped in with 15 points and three rebounds.
Game 3 will see the series shift to the Magic's Amway Center on Friday.