Augustin didn't add a single point in the first quarter. The Scotiabank Arena crowd was on the edge of their seats waiting to give Lowry their support should he sink the second free throw.
Over the next 47 minutes, Lowry would tack on another 21 points, and Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 37, as the Raptors roared back with a dominant 111-82 victory to square the first-round series at 1-1.
"That is [Lowry] at his finest". "Tonight he was charging up the floor and pushing the ball, passing, shooting, driving, kicking, made steals, hands on everything, rebounded. He was doing it all".
Lowry wasn't alone. On Tuesday, the Raptors embodied the best version of themselves - a versatile, veteran-savvy team featuring five elite defenders who can also slice you up offensively in the half court.
The Raptors are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven conference games, but 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a winning record.
"You get to kind of marinate on Game 1 for a couple of days", Gasol said.
Part of that dialogue would undoubtedly have been the play of Pascal Siakam, who, in putting up 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots over 42 at-times sensational minutes, erased any doubt as to whether he could carry over his remarkable regular season performance into the playoffs. He appeared spry, inexhaustible and entirely comfortable in the confines of a Toronto offense that flowed effortlessly. If this performance is a sign of things to come, the Raptors have plenty to be optimistic about.
There have been hints of it all year, moments when Leonard displayed the range of his abilities, but this was him in full: unblockable fadeaways, slashing drives, the odd assist for good measure and his shutdown defence on the other end. Some 40 minutes later, they celebrated the point guard with a standing ovation. "Just reading angles, reading the backside of the defense". They help each other. "We've just got to figure that out and bring that energy from the jump and impose our will a little bit at the beginning", Siakam said. "If I do - just pass it".
The Toronto Raptors are really, really hoping to not have a repeat of Saturday.
Gasol is another case study in how the Raptors can dice up opponents this spring through smarts and precision.
Leonard, understated as always, said the turnaround was due to the whole team buying into the defensive effort. Both were emotional touchstones Tuesday night.
"A lot of times your best player exhausted is going to be better than the guy backing him up fresh and that's the reality of the playoffs", Clifford said.
"I know we'll be better next game". You want to know why you trade the most beloved player in franchise history?
Leonard exploded for 12 first-quarter points, Lowry finally got his first field goal of the series as the home crowd erupted for him, and the Raps rolled to a 26-18 led as the opening quarter closed. Coming off a season in San Antonio that saw him play just nine games because of a serious quadriceps injury, the MVP of the 2014 National Basketball Association finals had praised Toronto's staff for the careful load management program that got him to the playoffs feeling healthy and rested. Augustin and the rest of the Orlando ball handlers.
The Raptors were just 12 of 36 from the arc in Game 1 as they struggled to make key shots.
"It wasn't flipping the switch, it was more being locked in on every coverage, everything we wanted to do, just being on the same page and communication", Lowry said.