Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Three takeaways from blowout victory vs Orlando Magic

Three takeaways from blowout victory vs Orlando Magic

For more from the Raptors' blow out win, we have you covered with takeaways below.

However, at the other end of the floor, that same Raptors offense also offers no easy options to a defense. He carried that same gameplan over to Game 2 on Tuesday night, but Kawhi was ready. Helping himself to 16 points, shooting 7-9 in the quarter, and blowing the roof off the game in the process. "I've just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive, be more efficient offensively".

Leonard finished with 37 points (on 15-for-22 shooting), four rebounds, four assists and two steals - his 15 made field goals are a new postseason career-high.

Though Leonard reveals virtually no emotion in his postgame remarks, his sparse comments offer insights into how he assembles the sort of performance that paced the Raptors on Tuesday night. He didn't develop into an All-Star because of his one-on-one skills or athleticism; he got there by combining the basketball IQ that all elite point guards possess with the attitude and fearlessness of an overlooked backup.

Three nights after he scored zero points, Lowry got his first point - a free throw - just 92 seconds into the game, high-fiving his wife Ayahna, who was seated courtside, on his way to the foul line.

In the first game of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Magic, Orlando stunned the second-seeded Raptors with a victory at the buzzer at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors were playing off of Lowry's energy and the Scotiabank Arena crowd didn't hesitate to let their captain know he had their support, roaring on each and every bucket he scored.

Leonard said Lowry "led us in intensity", helping the East's No. 2 seed avoid a 2-0 hole.

The blowout win set a franchise record for Toronto as their largest playoff win in team history with a difference of 29 points. Just before tip-off, TNT's Charles Barkley went on and on about how he'd rather go 0-for-14 than 0-for-7, with all of the machismo that you'd expect.


Marc Gasol's nine points and three assists, Pascal Siakam's seven points and Lowry's four points and three assists covered the majority of the scoring aside from Leonard's efforts. The Raptors outscored the Magic 39-27 to take a 90-66 lead into the fourth.

Despite the weirdness that was his spotty availability this year as the Raptors managed the quad injury that held him out for most of 2017-18, Leonard and Toronto were excellent during the regular season.

Toronto's starting lineup has, through two games, been absolutely dominant, with a +49.7 net rating through 36 minutes of play.

To make matters worse, the centre turned the ball over four times.

The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games.

The series is far from over, with the Raptors having to regain home court advantage this weekend with the games in Orlando, but it's hard to see this formula changing, and that's the challenge facing Orlando now.

The Raps seized the momentum as the series moves to Orlando. How do you win a game in the margins when your opponent controls the minutes of the game where they choose to play their best lineup? They also helped keep Orlando's top player - Vucevic - in check.

82 points is the third-lowest scoring total for the Magic this season, while that's the least amount of points Toronto has given up this season. He finished with 37 points on 15-of-22 from the field and dominated both the first and third quarters.

Ten - Concern: However, the absence of Anunoby was still felt in Terrence Ross's 15 points off the bench.

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