ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – On a night where the Orlando Magic honored Tracy McGrady into their team’s Hall of Fame, the current day Magic couldn’t find ways to make shots in the final quarter as they fell to the Toronto Raptors by the score of 93-86.
The Raptors, who were without starting All-Star Shooting Guard DeMar DeRozan, got 25 points and eight assists from their other All-Star Guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry knocked down seven three-point baskets and set the tone especially in the final quarter.
The Raptors were down 76-68 at the end of the third quarter and Lowry and four of the Raptors reserves outscored the Magic 25-10 in the final 12 minutes. Delon Wright scored 8 of his 10 points in the quarter and big men Pascal Siakam and Lucas Nogueira combined for nine rebounds which allowed the Raptors to create more shots for them offensively and take away second chance scoring opporutnties for the Magic.
“Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright, the energy they played with… Lorenzo Brown those guys played with some great energy. Lucas Nogueira.. he comes into the game and he was focused. His length is unmatchable. He changed shots, can make plays and did a great job tonight.”- Raptors Guard Kyle Lowry on the Raptors’ 4th quarter effort
Orlando went cold in the fourth as they missed 16 of their 19 attempts from the floor. Before the cold final quarter, the Magic were shooting 48% from the floor as a team in the opening three quarters to help build their lead.
“Yeah, we had a lot of good looks, their pressure picked up, you know they’ve been winning basketball games a lot of different ways whether the defensive pressure is good. Nogueira came in and changed a lot of shots at the rim in the fourth quarter, and we hadn’t seen him most of the first half and you know we had several looks at the rim that we missed. Probably six or seven of our shots were at the rim and we either got block[ed] or got the shot changed and had some open looks from the perimeter, couldn’t knock them down. A couple of possessions where we didn’t handle pressure enough, but for the most part we got the looks we wanted and you know weren’t knocking down shots when they were.” -Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel on the team’s 4th quarter shooting
The Magic were led by Shelvin Mack, who had 17 points off the bench, and Aaron Gordon, who made his return from a concussion with 16 points.
Orlando returns home for game number three of their seven-game homestand as they take on Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers at 7pm on Thursday night at Amway Center.
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org