The Toronto Raptors improved their record to 3-1 with a win against the Orlando Magic, but it wasn’t easy. How did everyone grade in the win?
The Scotiabank Arena was a beautiful setting on Monday night as the Toronto Raptors took on the Orlando Magic, donned in their white dino throwback jerseys for the first time this season, with the throwback court making an appearance too, it looked like it could be a great night.
Ultimately, it was. But lord, it took a lot to get there. In truth, it was an ugly, ugly game but the Toronto Raptors prevailed 104-95, even with a late hiccup.
The night started well enough for the Toronto Raptors, and they were cruising by the end of the first quarter. They led by nine points and shot 42-percent from three, crushing the Magic inside, but giving them enough room to shoot a decent clip of their own from three: 40-percent.
It was all about Pascal Siakam and Jonathan Isaac, too, in the first quarter, with both players putting up 11 points. Isaac would go on to have a career night, hitting 24 points and adding two blocks and three steals in the game.
Siakam, to his credit, had a decent game himself, even if Isaac put in a strong defensive effort against him. Luckily for the Raptors, it wasn’t just Siakam who came to the party. Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, and Marc Gasol all had terrific games, even when the Raptors offense spluttered multiple times throughout the game.
The Magic had the opportunity to steal the game late on as Terrence Ross gave them a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, but they were only able to put up four more points in the final three minutes as the Raptors pulled away for the victory.
Credit where it’s due for the Magic, who fought back numerous times, but the Raptors clunky offense was their won worst enemy in this game – or at least it could have been.
It was ugly, but defense prevailed and we saw some solid games from key players. Let’s find out how everyone graded.