The Toronto Raptors put in a strong defensive performance to defeat the Orlando Magic 113-97. What did we learn from the victory?
The Toronto Raptors were back in action and hosting the Orlando Magic for the second time this season after already defeating them once back in October. The Raptors were coming into Wednesday night’s game on the back of a historic win against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night where they dropped a franchise-record 40 assists in the win.
The next man mentality was in full effect for the Raptors once again, as Nick Nurse was still without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, and Norman Powell would once again step into the starting shooting guard spot.
That mentality would be present all night. With Pascal Siakam struggling offensively for most of the night, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting, the Raptors were able to get scoring from Fred VanVleet, Chris Boucher, and Terence Davis to help share the load with their franchise man.
While the offense hummed at times, it would be the Raptors defense that deserved the bulk of the credit for the win in this game. Nick Nurse’s side held the Orlando Magic to 38-percent from the field and 28-percent from three in the game and making sure that their interior defense was preserved all game.
The Magic, unfortunately, lost Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic for most of the game, but credit for them to never really lying down, even when they were down by as much as twenty. Steve Clifford’s team played hard on defense, but struggled offensively, and that much was clear once they lost Vucevic and Gordon.
For the Raptors, though, they notched their tenth win of the season and made sure that their home record remained perfect with a 6-0 start. What did we learn from the game?