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A Balanced Raptors Effort Keeps Their Lead In The East

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors had 6 players score in double figures as they take down the Orlando Magic by the score of 117-104. Evan though DeRozan had 19 of the 21 points through the opening 3 quarters it was the Raptors young bench that stole the story in the final quarter.

Led by Pascal Siakam (10 points in the fourth quarter), the bench scored 22 of the teams 27 points in the final 12 minutes. Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Jakob Poeltl played the entire fourth quarter and the Raptors All-Star backcourt of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry didn’t enter the game until midway through the quarter. Siakam scored 10 points and most them were either on dunks or layups.

“He’s has one of them vibes that is always positive and upbeat and very vibrant. He carries that energy over to the court as well and you love it.” – DeMar DeRozan on Pascal Siakam’s energy and comparison to Golden State’s Draymond Green

Lowry finished the game with 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in his 33 minutes on the court. Poeltl had 13 points and VanVleet had 12 points off the bench for Toronto.

After having a hot shooting start to the game, the Magic went completely cold late in the game. They missed 12 of their 16 shots taken in the quarter and the team couldn’t stop turning the ball over as they committed five turnovers.

“We didn’t make shots. I wasn’t completely unhappy with our decisions; I think we got a lot of good looks both at the rim and on the perimeter. We made some transitions plays and we had some breakdowns in the half-court. Defensively is where the game was lost and the entire night. We are doing some really positive things on the offensive end, but we don’t show enough resistance in the paint keeping our man in front of us, and it cost us.”- Orlando Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel on his team closing out in the fourth quarter

This was a sharp contrast to the opening quarter, in which Orlando looked like they were going to make every shot. The Magic hit 16 of their 21 attempted shots and knocked down five three-pointers, but they still trailed by five at the end of the first quarter.

Even though they lost the game, the Magic had a balanced scoring attack. They were led by Mario Hezonja and Evan Fournier, who both scored 17 points, and Aaron Gordon who had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Magic’s next game is at home on Friday Night against a familiar face to Magic fans in Detroit with their Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. The game starts at 7pm.

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Danny Thompson is  a sports contributor for Florida National News. | info@floridanationalnews.com

 

 

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