Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic - Game 2 - April 16, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Never in my life will l make another “load management” joke.
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 37 points to a 111-82 win in Game two of the Eastern Conference first-round series. Paskal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors while Kyle Lowry shot 8 of 13 and led the team with 7 assists.
The Raptors found themselves in foul trouble early, with questionable calls leading to referee Marc Davis trending on twitter.
Aaron Gordon scored 20 points for the Magic, who started off the first quarter not able to get anything going. The Raptors came out and played impeccable defense, going on a 9-0 run and forcing three turnovers. The Magic finally got on the board with Gordon’s basket halfway through the first, but the Raptors gained a 16-2 lead early and never looked back. Lowry finished the quarter with 4 points in six minutes of play, while Leonard had 12 points in nine minutes. Former Raptor Terrence Ross had five points in the first quarter, but Toronto lead 26-18 after one.
Leonard found himself with three fouls in the opening minutes of the second quarter but the Raptors kept on pushing, and by the half, the combo of Leonard, Lowry, and Siakam had combined for 42 of Toronto’s 49 points. Ross went on a tear in the second for Orlando, scoring 5 straight points making it 15 through the half for him. The Raptors defense was still solid and held the Magic to just 32% shooting. The Raptors extended their lead with a 39 point third quarter with Leonard finishing with 29 points on 15 shots in 24 minutes.
The Magic struggled mightily throughout the game and found themselves in a 34 point deficit at one point. Toronto continued their strong defense and played a complete game, going up 101-69 with just over seven left in the game. Coach Nurse cleared the bench in the last four minutes at which point it was 104-73 Toronto and ended the night with a 111-82 win.
Game 3 is Friday night in Orlando.