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The Toronto Raptors concluded the final game of their three game home stand with a decisive win over the Orlando Magic, defeating them by a score of 115-102. This gives the Raptors an 8-12 record on the season and snaps their previous three-game losing streak.
Defensive consistency was an issue for the Toronto Raptors coming into this game after lacklustre defensive performances over their recent games. However, the Raptors were engaged early on defensively, shutting down key players on the Magic to secure a win.
The Raptors came out with a lot of defensive hustle in the first quarter, only allowing 15 points and holding the Magic to 29.4 % shooting. This was partially due to the team shutting down all-star centre Nikola Vucevic, who shot 1/9 in the half and finished the game shooting a poor 27.8% from the field. This is his second consecutive game scoring under 20 points and below his season average of 23.0 PPG. The Orlando Magic also lost forward Aaron Gordon, who left late in the third quarter after rolling his ankle. He finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists on 50% shooting.
The Raptors squad stepped up with top performances from their key players in order to secure the win. With Norman Powell (quadriceps) ruled out for the game, Terence Davis earned his second consecutive start and provided some good offence at key points, scoring 12 points and shooting 2-5 from beyond the arc.
Pascal Siakam built off his last performance with another quality game, scoring 30 points on 52.2% shooting. He was able to take advantage of the lack of defensive shot blocking down low, scoring the majority of his points in the paint.
Coming off the late controversial ejection in the Raptors’ previous loss to the Kings, Kyle Lowry also stepped up as the Raptors’ floor general, providing great offensive facilitation. He handed out a season high 15 assists in the win more than doubling his 6.4 APG average this season.
The Raptors will look to make it back-to-back wins against the Magic to kick off the first game of February. The short trip to Orlando will begin a long road stretch for the Raps, as they are playing nine of their next ten games on the road. Tune into the game on February 2, at 7:00 p.m. EST.