Series Update – The Toronto Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 115-96 on Tuesday night. In doing so, they also won their first-round playoff series 4-1.
At one stage in the game Toronto led by 37 points, their biggest-ever margin in a playoff game.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points for the Raptors, while Pascal Siakam added 24.
It was an uphill task from the opening quarter for Orlando. They missed 10 of their first 11 shots and went 0 for 7 from 3-point range in the first.
D.J. Augustin scored 15 points and Terrence Ross had 12 for the Magic.
It’s the fourth straight year the Raptors have reached the second round, where they will now face the Philadelphia 76ers.
Game 5 Update – The Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 107-85 on Sunday night to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points for the Raptors, while Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell each scored 16 as Toronto won their third straight game of the series.
Aaron Gordon scored 25 for the Magic, with Evan Fournier adding 19 points. The Magic started 6 for 6 from the field, but then missed 26 of their next 38 shots.
The Raptors who can advance with a home win in Toronto in Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points on an array of shots to lead the Raptors 107-85 over the Orlando Magic, giving Toronto its first 3-1 playoff series lead in franchise history.https://t.co/FtNOS74NJN— 640 Toronto (@am640) April 22, 2019
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Game 4 Update – The Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic 98-93 to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.
Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, while Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Danny Green had 13 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 12 points and 10 assists.
Terrence Ross led Orlando with 24 points, while Nikola Vucevic finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
The Raptors trailed 61-60 midway through the third period after a brief Orlando spurt, but then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to take the lead for good.
Game 4 will take place on Sunday night in Orlando.
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Game 3 Update – Toronto Raptors routed Orlando Magic 111-82 in Tuesday night’s Game 2 of the series in the Eastern Conference 1st Round to draw level at 1-1.
Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points for the Raptors, who never trailed in the game and led by as many as 34 points at one stage. Orlando didn’t score for almost five minutes to start the game. Aaron Gordon scored 20 points for the Magic.
Raptors’ Shooting Guard Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) didn’t play on Tuesday despite practicing the previous two days.
The series now moves to Orlando for Game 3 on Friday night with everything still to play for.
Game 2 Update – The Toronto Raptors failed to make home-court advantage count as they went down to a 104-101 loss to Orlando Magic in Game 1 in the Eastern Conference Round 1st round series on Friday.
It was a familiar story for the Raptors, who are 2-14 in playoff openers. The second-seeded Raptors reclaimed the lead after trailing by 16 points in the second quarter, but couldn’t hold on down the stretch.
D.J. Augustin scored 25 points for the Magic, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left. Kawhi Leonard had a final shot for Toronto, but missed the rim with his 3-pointer from the top.
Raptors: “Now that Bron’s gone the East is ours”— NBA News (@NBABBGAMETIME) April 13, 2019
D.J. Augustin: “Hold my beer”
Toronto Raptors (58-24): The entire Eastern Conference was likely ecstatic when LeBron James did not return to the Cavaliers but decided to go to the Lakers instead. He was no longer their problem; the Western Conference teams had to mess with him now.
To prepare for their first LeBron-free season, the Raptors took a couple of big gambles—they fired the NBA’s Coach of the Year, Dwayne Casey, and traded long-time superstar DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.
Whether Leonard is going to remain with the team beyond this season remains to be seen. But he has helped them become one of the more complete teams in the NBA (defense—106.8 rating; 5th in the NBA; offense—114.4 points/game; 7th).
Barring any serious injuries, they will likely make a run at the conference title yet again– and could make it the NBA Finals this time.
Orlando Magic (42-40): The Orlando Magic have had a very up and down kind of season. When things were looking up, they played well, and they won games. When they were looking down, they hardly resembled an NBA-caliber team and lost a lot of games.
Working with a new head coach this season didn’t make things any easier, but in the end, it paid off since the team did qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
They have been a better defensive team this season (107.4 rating; 8th) than offensive (107.3 points/game; 24th). If they can maintain that level (or better) of play on the defensive end of the court, they stand a chance of winning a game or two. But if they are going to win more than that, they will need to find some more offense.