Raptors' Johnson steps up big in Game 2 win

The Toronto Raptors celebrate a win against the Brooklyn Nets during Game 2 of the Eastern...

The Toronto Raptors celebrate a win against the Brooklyn Nets during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs at the Air Canada in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday April 22, 2014. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

TORONTO - The Raptors needed a whole lot more from starting big man Amir Johnson in Game 2 Tuesday.

After a slow start that seemed ominous at the time, Johnson was stellar.

Perhaps not all the way back to his old form, but good enough to give Toronto a huge lift.

Johnson was the team’s primary help defender and did a nice job for most of the game.

At the other end, Brooklyn had no answers for Johnson as he rolled to the bucket, usually after being set up by Kyle Lowry or Greivis Vasquez. Johnson finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots and only missed two of his 10 field goal attempts.

He also all but sealed the win with a dunk off a great in-bounds pass from Greivis Vasquez.

Asked before the game how he could have more of an impact, after closing the season with games far below his usual caliber, Johnson was direct.

 


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