Raptors snap Magic home steak
ORLANDO — The Orlando Magic rode a four-game home winning streak to Tuesday’s matchup against the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors averaging 107.5 points per game.
The streak was snapped as neither team scored 100 points with the Raptors pulling away 93-91.
The Magic are 1-6 in games where they don’t score 100 points. This also the first game this season that the Magic lose despite allowing less than 100 points.
The clutch bucket came on a fade-away jumper by Danny Green in the final second of the game.
“Most coaches wouldn’t go to a guy who makes a mistake at that point in the game, but (Head coach Nick Nurse) has 100 percent faith in all of us,” Green said. “He continues to encourage us and allows us to play through our mistakes. It was nice to make one after missing quite a few the whole game.”
Green finished the game with 13 points. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 18 points, while former Magic Serge Ibaka scored 15.
Evan Fournier led all scorers with 27 points. Nikola Vucevic was the only player to have a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds.
Ignited by Ibaka’s eight points, the Raptors took a 29-17 lead in the first quarter. The Magic weren’t able to find the basket from the free throw line, shooting 1-for-6 in the period.
The Magic cut the deficit to 10 points going into halftime with Aaron Gordon leading the way with nine first half points.
Gordon, Fournier and Vucevic combined to score 45 of the Magic’s 75 points going into the fourth quarter with a 75-73 lead after a 38-point third quarter surge.
The Raptors remain the top team in the Eastern Conference at 14-4. The Magic drop to 9-9 and now share the Southeast Division lead with the Charlotte Hornets.