Magic number is now one after the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Toronto Raptors 109-99 Orlando Magic
Orlando, FL - So with five games left in the regular(bubble) season the Raptors now have to just win one, or watch the Boston Celtics lose one in order to clinch the second seed. That makes this Friday’s matchup even more intriguing but back to tonight.
The Raptors defeated the Magic, 109-99, in Orlando.
The Raptors were led by Fred VanVleet, who tallied 21 points, four rebounds and 10 assists. His running mate in the backcourt, Kyle Lowry, finished with eight points(on a not so great 2/9 from the field), with nine rebounds and 10 assists.
Pascal Siakam was smooth to start this one. He flashed the pull-up game out of the mid-post and from beyond the arc to the tune of 15 points. His defense played a big part in the Magic’s poor showing from downtown, as he was often the guy running out to contest. Didn’t push very hard offensively, and was clearly happy to let OG and Fred get their reps in on that end. Pretty loose with the ball, which is never good committing seven turnovers.
A highlight tonight was Marc Gasol who wasn’t hesitant to take the shots in front of him. He made a big difference flashing middle in the early parts of the game, and for once, pulled from downtown every time there was an opportunity. He’s such a snug fit next to the Raptors rapidly relocating guards when he’s not scoring, but a game like tonight you can see how his 3’s seem like an avalanche on the opposing teams defense. His defense on Vucevic was fantastic, of course. He’s a big part of those 3-man rotations that the Raptors defense is famous for.
Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka both reached double figures in scoring off the bench.
The Magic had no player score more than 15 points, with Evan Fournier leading the way with those 15 to go with two rebounds and three assists. Nikola Vucevic totaled 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Aaron Gordon provided nine points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals but suffered an injury. Former Raptor Terrence Ross dropped 15 points to lead the bench too.
Toronto got out to a 26-11 lead after the first quarter and that allowed them to win in wire-to-wire fashion. In fact, Orlando never got the game within a seven-point margin after that first quarter.
The Raptors ended up shooting 49 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range while holding the Magic to 40 percent from the field and 27 percent from long range. Toronto also ended up outscoring Orlando in fastbreak points, 18-11, and in points in the paint, 52-40.
Next Up, Friday, August 7th, at 9pm versus the team right behind them in the standings, the Boston Celtics.