Toronto Raptors take 2-0 series lead on Brooklyn Nets in NBA playoffs

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The Toronto Raptors overcame an early deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-99 on Wednesday. The defending NBA champions now have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

It was a quiet day for former Arizona Wildcats Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson.

RHJ had two rebounds and a steal in six first-half minutes. Johnson did not play for the second straight game.

Fred VanVleet and former UCLA standout Norman Powell led the Raptors with 24 points apiece.

Toronto trailed 80-74 heading into the fourth after trailing by as many as 14 in the first quarter.

What’s next?

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at 10:30 a.m. MST on NBATV.

Game 2 of the Miami HeatIndiana Pacers series is set for 10 a.m. MST on Thursday, with Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill’s Heat leading 1-0 over T.J. McConnell’s Pacer squad.

Game 2 of the Orlando MagicMilwaukee Bucks series is set for Thursday at 3 p.m. MST, with eighth-seeded Orlando holding a 1-0 lead after shocking the top-seeded Bucks 122-110 on Tuesday.

Aaron Gordon missed that game with a strained hamstring and his status for Thursday is uncertain.

Remember: All NBA playoff games are taking place in the Disney World bubble in Orlando.

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