Siakam scores 30, Raptors top Magic for 2-1 lead

Missed second-half opportunities leave the Magic with a stinging loss

Missed second-half opportunities leave the Magic with a stinging loss

Going into Game 3, it had been 2,450-some-odd days since the Orlando Magic had played a postseason game on their home court, and there were scores of Magic luminaries past and present in the building to celebrate the organization's return to relevance as they looked to take control of their opening-round series against the Raptors Friday night.

Michael Carter-Williams #7 of the Orlando Magic shoots the ball against Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard during Game 3 of the first round of the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Ross' 3-pointer had Orlando within one point with 4:47 left in the half.

The Raptors trailed 61-60 midway through the third, then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to take the lead for good.

The Raptors scored the first 10 points of the game and were ahead by as many as 11 before settling for a 26-21 lead after the first quarter. But the Raptors responded with an 18-2 run - Siakam scoring nine of the points - and closed the quarter with a 21-6 run to take a 76-65 advantage into the final 12 minutes. A pair of free throws by Leonard with 12.9 seconds clinched the victory for Toronto.

Kyle Lowry went scoreless in the most "the Raptors in Game 1 with all new players are still the Raptors in Game 1" performance, ever.

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Orlando continued to chip away at Toronto's lead in the second, and pulled to within a point when Ross hit a three about five minutes before halftime.

Siakam led the scoring with 16 first-half points.

The first half ended with Ross hitting a 41-foot 3-pointer after Isaac's steal on Leonard's fifth turnover of the game to cut Toronto's lead to 48-45. Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was active, but did not play. Siakam has 73 points and 30 rebounds in the series.

And now it's up to Orlando to regroup, the same way Toronto did after dropping Game 1. Vucevic missed at the rim, and Gordon couldn't convert on two putback tries. Game 6, if necessary, would be Thursday at Amway Center.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's first lady Casey DeSantis were in attendance and received Magic "46" jerseys - a nod to his being the 46th governor of the Sunshine State.

The series goes back to Toronto for Game 5 on Tuesday.

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