Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Toronto big men went off in the 1st quarter. Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas combined for a total of 16 points, more than half of all of the points scored for the Raptors. Orlando's rookie SF Jonathan Issac led the Magic in the quarter with 8 points. At the 10:00 minute mark in the quarter, Aaron Gordon threw down a 360° dunk off of a Toronto turnover. Kyle Lowry had an impressive quarter as he recorded 6 points and 4 assists. The Raptors trailed the Magic 24-25 after one.
Norman Powell had an explosive 2nd quarter as he dropped a quick 10 points. Seeing Norm score the ball well on offense is a great sign that he is gaining his confidence back. Lowry had a big quarter as he easily scored 8 points. The Magic were led by Shelvin Mack and Gordon, who combined for 14 points. The Raptors were up by 1 point going into halftime, leading the Magic 52-51.
The Magic had a very productive quarter coming out of halftime. Gordon and D.J. Augustin went for 12 points, and they held Toronto to only 16 points. With 10:17 remaining in the quarter, Ibaka had a nasty block on a Gordon layup attempt. The Raptors struggled offensively as Orlando played great defense. Ibaka led the squad with 5 points. Toronto trailed 68-76 heading into the final quarter of play.
The Raptors dominated Orlando on every level during the 4th quarter. Toronto played extraordinary defense, limiting the Magic to only 10 points off of 3/19 shooting. With 8:49 remaining in the game, Pascal Siakam had a huge block on Mack, sending the ball out of bounds. Before the ball was even out of bounds, Siakam tracked down the ball and used hid athleticism to throw it to a teammate. Delon Wright led Toronto with 8 points, Lowry added on 6 points, and Siakam put up 5. Toronto won this game due to Lowry's amazing shooting performance, knocking down 7 three pointers. The Raptors defeated the Magic 93-86.
Kyle Lowry: 25pts, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 3PM
Serge Ibaka: 13pts, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
Delon Wright: 10pts, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Norman Powell: 10pts, 2 rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas: 9pts, 8 rebounds
Pascal Siakam: 8pts, 7 rebounds, +/- 14
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