The Toronto Raptors played host to the Orlando Magic Sunday evening. The Magic were without their leading scorer in Arron Afflalo and they had just bought out Glen Davis the other day. It was expected to be an easy win for the Raptors, but that's not how the game started. Once again the Raptors struggled to start the game, due to poor shooting and an abundance of turnovers. The Magic would stay with the Raptors throughout the first half, with the Raptors taking only a three point lead into the break.
In the third quarter, the Raptors came out a different team. They locked down on defense and took intelligent shots on the offensive end. Kyle Lowry led the way scoring 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter.
The Raptors took a 15 point lead into the fourth quarter and that was enough to defeat the Magic. The Raptors didn't tremble and went on to win 105-90.
The Raptors move to 31-25 with the win. They have won two in a row and five of their last six.
The Magic fall to 17-41 and have lost four of their last five games.
Points By Quarter
Here are some notes from the game:
- Raptors forward Amir Johnson left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Johnson turned his ankle and headed to the locker room immediately, however, it is not expected to be as bad as last time.
- The Raptors had a season-high 24 turnovers, while the Magic only had nine. It was an uncharacteristic night of taking care of the basketball for the Raptors. They were sloppy with the ball and were not crisp on their passes. They were also leaving their feet without knowing what they were going to do with the ball.
- The Raptors' backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined to score 52 points. The Magic's backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo combined to score just 20 points.
- Tobias Harris led the Magic with 28 points and six rebounds. Harris was 10-15 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line.
- Nando De Colo made his debut for the Raptors, playing just under five minutes. He didn't take a shot, but had three rebounds and one assist. He isn't expected to receive a lot of playing time, but it was nice that Dwane Casey gave him a chance to show what he could do in limited time. Coming from San Antonio, you can tell De Colo is smart with the ball and makes good team decisions.
NEXT GAME: Tuesday, February 25 @ Cleveland Cavaliers. 7 pm. ET start
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