National Basketball Association 2018-19, Orlando Magic routed Toronto Raptors: 3 Talking points

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry gets injections for ailing back | NBA News

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry gets injections for ailing back | NBA News

The Raptors couldn't make a shot on Saturday (AEDT) and it cost them as the Orlando Magic rolled to a 116-87 blowout win.

Since defeating the New York Knicks on November 18 to go 9-8 on the season, Orlando had lost 11 of 16 heading into Friday night's game, including 6 straight at home.

Vucevic became the third player this decade, fifth this century and ninth in the last 44 years to post at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists in a game, the Magic said.

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 21 points, six rebounds but after a hot start, he never seemed to get a rhythm after the first quarter.

All the work Toronto did to get off on the right foot came undone in the second quarter.

Raptors shot 5 out of 23 from the field in the second quarter and felt weak on the defensive end.

"I just think guys like him when you've done it for, I think really, now three or four year, he's around 17 [points] a game with good efficiency", Clifford said.

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Even during the team's disappointing efforts, center Nikola Vucevic has been a bright spot by playing at an all-star level. Dallas got two more possessions, but Doncic had a layup blocked by Jrue Holiday, Dennis Smith Jr. missed a 3-pointer and the Mavericks couldn't get off a shot on a final possession with four seconds left.

The Magic outscored the Raptors by 33 points across the next two quarters, and VanVleet provided an honest assessment after the game.

In Phoenix, Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his season-high 40 points in the final 7 minutes and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 118-102. No Kyle Lowry, no Jonas Valanciunas he needed to step up and he didn't.

Siakam has been brilliant for the Raptors all season long, but this shows that he isn't just a luxury he's a key component to Toronto's success.

It was an excellent night for the Magic team as they not only had a great night offensively but also defensively.

Coming into the game Orlando averaged 24.5 assists, good for 13 in the league.

The Raptors were chasing the ball a ton on Saturday, and it led to good looks from the Magic.

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