ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic (20-57) leaned heavily on their G League teammates in Friday night’s match, but still fell to the Toronto Raptors (44-32).
The Magic enlisted Admiral Schofield, Ignas Brazdeikis, and Devin Cannady, who the Orlando Magic just signed to a 10-game contract after 11 months of recovery.
OG Anunoby, who recently returned to play, contributed eight points for Toronto as well as Gary Trent Jr. For the Magic, Mo Bamba and Ignaz Brazdeikis each put up nine points.
Statistically, the two teams were close in the first quarter. What made the difference, though, was turnovers and rebounds. Orlando Magic had more turnovers (six to Toronto’s four), and fewer rebounds (seven to Toronto’s 12).
The Raptors led the Magic at the end of the first quarter 29-23.
By halftime, the gap was much wider: 59-46. Brazdeikis had upped his points to 11 for the Magic, while Trent and Scottie Barnes put up 15 for Toronto. The Raptors were 44.7 percent on field goals and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Magic were 42.5 percent and 36.8 percent, respectively. In the second quarter, Markelle Fultz and Devin Cannady contributed four and six points off the bench, respectively. Fultz, who the Magic dubbed “the facilitator” on Twitter, also contributed five rebounds and four assists.
The tragedy–again–was in the turnovers: While Toronto allowed six turnovers for eight points, the Magic allowed 14 turnovers, leaving 26 points on the table.
In the third quarter, the Raptors racked up 26 points and held the Magic to just 17. Markelle Fultz contributed four points. Toronto’s Fred VanVleet came alive in the third and put up 13 points. None on the Magic scored beyond single digits.
By the end of the match, the Raptors finished the Magic 102-89. Mo Bamba got a double double on the night with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam also got one with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Magic next host the New York Knicks Sunday at 6pm ET.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com