Toronto Trounces Magic in Sunday Soiree
It’s stunning to believe that the Toronto Raptors are the 3rd best team in the East, but they looked like it against Orlando as the Magic lost Sunday evening 105-90 to their Canadian hosts. Toronto pulled ahead thanks to a 36-point third quarter scoring barrage. For the contest, the Raptors held a 36-17 free throw attempt advantage while also out-rebounding Orlando by 18.
Kyle Lowry proved why he was snubbed from the All-Star Game as he had 28 points. DeMar DeRozan also chipped in with Toronto for 24 points. The Magic got a season-high tying 28 points out of Tobias Harris, and 16 more from off the bench from E’Twaun Moore. Orlando didn’t have nearly enough scoring pop.
- With no Arron Afflalo on this road trip, Maurice Harkless received his 1st start since January 15th. Harkless was overall quite as he only managed 2 points.
- The Magic won their first game with Glen Davis off the roster, maybe there was some hope for Orlando’s first road win since December 16th. Tobias Harris had 8 points, the same as Toronto at the 6:34 mark of the contest with Harris attacking the paint at the power forward spot.
- Despite Tobias’ 10 first quarter points, Orlando trailed Toronto 19-14 at the end of the 1st period. Both offenses looked flat. Maybe both rosters were celebrating Canada’s men’s hockey Olympic gold. All Magic men not named Tobias Harris were 2-of-14 in the period.
- Jameer Nelson’s jumper halfway through the 2nd period gave the Magic a 30-29 lead. More importantly, Nelson surpassed Shaquille O’Neal (8,019 points) for 4th place on the franchise points list.
- At halftime, O’Quinn had 3 phenomenal assists and Tobias led all scorers with 15 points, but the Magic trailed 44-41 in Toronto. Raptors held 28-18 rebounding and 14-2 free throw advantages while the Magic were protecting the ball, winning the turnover battle 11-3.
- Jameer Nelson got raked across his right eye by Kyle Lowry at the 4:07 mark of the 3rd period. Nelson split his free throws but then had to sit on the bench because he was having difficulty seeing out of that right eye.
- Kyle Lowry’s 17-point third period, including the buzzer beating stepback triple, gave Toronto an 80-65 lead entering the final regulation session. Magic just couldn’t match the Raptors’ efficiency despite E’Twaun Moore doing his best to pick up Afflalo’s scoring slack.
- Jameer Nelson checked back in early in the fourth, but Orlando was behind by 19 points and the final period was irrelevant. Nelson finished with 9 points and 8 assists.
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