Guard Jamal Murray top-scored for the Nuggets with 27 points as they won 110-101 in the Western Conference semi-final.

The Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics to level their NBA play-off series at 2-2 in Orlando, Florida, while the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Clippers to connect their series at 1-1.

Guard Jamal Murray top-scored for the Nuggets with 27 points as they won 110-101 in the Western Conference semi-final.

” Game one, we were tired. I dislike to admit it, however we were tired,” said Murray.

” We came out sloppy, came out exhausted, fatigued. We didn’t make any shots, we didn’t return on defence.

” Tonight we just upped the energy and that’s all it required to win.”

Effectively staying out Clippers dangerman Kawhi Leonard also played a key part in the Nuggets’ win.

” They were the assailant tonight,” Leonard said. “A few easy ones didn’t fall early, which was it from there.”

Meanwhile, 11 rebounds and double-doubles from Siakam and Kyle Lowry, who also scored 22 points, led a 2nd successive Raptors win.

” We simply continue to concentrate on every ownership, every game,” Lowry said. “We know how hard those men are.”

Celtic head coach Brad Stevens stated his group “weren’t really crisp” after watch

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