Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
It was far from pretty, but the Toronto Raptors were able to escape Orlando with a 93-86 victory.
Without superstar DeMar DeRozan, point guard Kyle Lowry was forced to step up, and led the way with 25 points.
The game really came down to a fourth quarter surge by Toronto, after heading to the final frame down 76-68.
The road team was able to play tight defence lead by forward Pascal Siakam, and get stops when they needed it most.
They also went with a different look at centre when push came to shove, opting to play big man Lucas Nogueira over regular Jonas Valanciunas.
With just over six minutes to play Nogueira was able to slam home a beautiful alley-oop pass from Lowry to knot the game up at 78.
This was followed by a big three from Lowry, and a slam dunk from Siakam, to break open the game 86-80.
The Magic were never able to get back into the game, ultimately losing on home court 93-86.
Toronto is next in action on Wednesday night when they pay a visit to LeBron James and the third seeded Cavs.
Tip off is 7:00 p.m. from Cleveland and can be viewed on Sportsnet One.
More news from the court
- DeMar DeRozan’s absence from the lineup was the first game he missed all season
- With the win, the Raptors have now won nine straight away from home
- This was the first time since January 26th against the Utah Jazz (23 games) that the Raptors did not score at least 100 points
- It appears two-way contract player Malcolm Miller is pushing the Raptors to potentially extend him to have a contract eligible for the playoffs
More coverage to follow. Image of the game from the Toronto Star.