The Toronto Raptors had to fight off a late push from the Orlando Magic, but ultimately secured a win to advance to 3-1 on the season.
The Magic went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, but Kyle Lowry wasn't going to let the Raptors give this one away. Toronto's leader scored eight points down the stretch of the game to close this one out and help his team pull out the victory.
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Final: Toronto Raptors 104, Orlando Magic 95
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The Raptors nearly let this one slip away but held on for a solid win.
Kyle Lowry was great in this contest - particularly in the final minutes - finishing with a game-high 26 points to go with six assists and five rebounds. Pascal Siakam added 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists while OG Anunoby had 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five steals.
The Magic couldn't find a rhythm on the offensive end, shooting 38.2% from the field and 30.8% from 3-point land. Jonathan Isaac had a great performance with a career-high 24 points and seven rebounds, but they couldn't overcome Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic combining for seven points on 1-for-19 shooting from the field.
1-0 in the classics. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/rSojmuP3Hi- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 29, 2019
The Raptors turned that personal 5-0 run from Kyle Lowry into a 10-2 run to take a late 100-93 lead with under a minute and a half remaining. Lowry has scored eight of the 10 points in the run, going 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Kyle Lowry is taking matters into his own hands as he knocks down a 3-pointer then hits a pair of free throws to put the Raptors up 95-91 with 2:35 to play.
Lowry Time ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/coH2EtiXB0- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 29, 2019
And just like that, the Magic have a lead. Orlando rattles off a 13-0 run to take an 89-87 lead with 4:16 to go in the game. Jonathan Isaac now has 24 points, building on his career-high. Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross each knocked down 3s in the run as the Magic have clawed their way back. Pascal Siakam has picked up his fifth foul, but remains in the game.
T O R C H 🔥 T I M E- Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 29, 2019
13-0 run to take the lead!
📺: @FOXSportsMagic pic.twitter.com/UbUFuhZHJj
The Magic continue to fight their way back into this one - Jonathan Isaac is up to a career-high 21 points as the Magic trail 87-78 with 6:39 remaining in the game.
Knocking down 3s on one end.- Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 29, 2019
Blocking shots on the other.@JJudahIsaac | #MagicAboveAll pic.twitter.com/dlUcAXfw43
End of third quarter: Raptors 78, Magic 67
Toronto holds an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Pascal Siakam's 17 points, five rebounds and three assists leads the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry chips in a solid performance of 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. OG Anunoby continues to fill up the box score as he did on Saturday, with 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists.
For the Magic, Jonathan Isaac is still the team's leading scorer with 16 points. Nikola Vucevic is still struggling shooting 1-for-13 from the field, though he does have 12 rebounds. Toronto's defence is making things difficult for Orlando as they're shooting 35.3% from the field and 32.1% from 3-point land.
Closing time. pic.twitter.com/kb7fNGsfv3- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 29, 2019
The Raptors lead 72-64 with under two minutes to go in the quarter. Al-Farouq Aminu slid in to take a charge on a drive by Pascal Siakam and Nick Nurse has challenged the call, causing a stoppage in play. The play stands, as Nurse falls to 0-3 on challenges so far this season.
The Magic respond with an 11-5 run to cut the Raptors' lead to 67-59. They've made their last five shots in a row, forcing Toronto's head coach Nick Nurse to take a timeout.
The Raptors start the third on an 11-2 run to take a quick 62-48 lead. Marc Gasol has been fantastic tonight, bouncing back from a rough first couple games of the season. He scored five points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in the run while also playing physical defence on Nikola Vucevic, who is shooting 1-for-11 from the field. Gasol has 10 points and six rebounds in the contest.
Ankles, snatched @FredVanVleet | #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/6m0YtGmg2Z- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 29, 2019
Halftime: Raptors 51, Magic 46
It was an ugly quarter for the Raptors who went through a streak of 11-consecutive missed field goals. They only had 13 points in the frame until Kyle Lowry went on a personal 5-0 scoring run to close the half. Toronto shot 5-for-21 (23.8%) from the field while going 0-for-10 from 3-point land in the second quarter.
Luckily for them, their defence stayed stout, as they forced the Magic to shoot 15-for-47 (31.9%) from the field in the first half. Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier are a combined 3-for-20 from the field for just 12 points.
Jonathan Isaac's 13 points leads Orlando while Pascal Siakam's 13 points leads the Raptors.
Halfway mark.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 29, 2019
Skills - 13p/3r
KLow - 11p/4r/3a pic.twitter.com/d1AaWhpw8C
Something worth noting: Marc Gasol heads to the bench with three fouls.
Al-Farouq Aminu is providing a spark for the Magic as they trail the Raptors 42-34 midway through the second quarter. Aminu has seven points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. OG Anunoby has been solid again to start this game with eight points, three rebounds and one assist, converting both of his 3-point attempts.
OGs don't get dizzy pic.twitter.com/JsCB5OyL7H- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 29, 2019
End of first quarter: Raptors 31, Magic 22
The Raptors are making shots on offence and playing tough defence - a recipe for success. They're shooting 54.2% from the field and 46.2% from 3-point range, assisting on nine of their 13 made field goals. Pascal Siakam's 11 points leads the team, but Kyle Lowry's seven points, three rebounds and two assists have paced the offence.
Jonathan Isaac has half of Orlando's points after the first period. Aside from Isaac, their bench has kept them in this one so far as Markelle Fultz, Terrence Ross and Al-Farouq Aminu have all found their way into the points column.
Gettin' after it tonight. pic.twitter.com/HVQqEOjQPS- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 29, 2019
Pascal Siakam continues to be great - he's up to 11 points shooting 5-for-6 from the field to give the Raptors a 28-18 lead with 2:18 to go in the quarter. Toronto is moving the ball well again, assisting on eight of their 11 made field goals. Jonathan Isaac is the only offensive catalyst for the Magic thus far, scoring 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field.
Ball movement is a beautiful thing pic.twitter.com/GPdB5uukwT- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 28, 2019
Offence is coming in bunches early on as the Raptors lead the Magic 18-12 midway through the first. Toronto has started the game shooting 7-for-11 from the field as Marc Gasol leads the way with five points, knocking down his first two shots. Orlando is 4-for-6 from beyond the arc with Jonathan Isaac getting off to a hot start going 3-for-3 from 3-point land.
Kyle Lowry knocked down the first bucket in the nostalgic throwback uniforms!
First bucket in the white & purple. pic.twitter.com/NEDEfF01oi- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 28, 2019
The Magic are starting DJ Augustin, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic.
Same starting lineup for the Raptors - Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/fV92kl5hUw- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 28, 2019
The uniforms for tonight.
So Fresh, So Clean. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/3crCE3KJpP- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 28, 2019
The court for tonight.
Circa 95. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/2SqvcIGao2- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 28, 2019