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Raptors take 2-1 lead in Orlando through Siakam

As the series shifts to Orlando for games 3 and 4, The Toronto Raptors took a 2-1 lead against the Magic on Friday night by winning 98-93.

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Tomas Karageorgos | Report

As the series shifts to Orlando for games 3 and 4, The Toronto Raptors took a 2-1 lead against the Magic on Friday night by winning 98-93.

It is clear to see that in his third year of his NBA career that Pascal Siakam has improved his game overall. He has always had speed, but now he has extended his game to beyond the arc, which has made him a complete player.

Siakam recorded a double-double in consecutive games, as he scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also shot 75% from three-point range.

Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry both also had double-doubles. Leonard had 16 points and 10 boards, while Lowry had 12 points and 10 assists.

Coach Nick Nurse has been running a tight rotation early on, as he only used three bench players on Friday. Norman Powell had eight, Serge Ibaka had six, and Fred VanVleet had four.

Ibaka has accepted his bench role, and continues to do the little things right.

Orlando centre Nikola Vučević scored 22 points, grabbed 14 boards and six rebounds in 39 minutes of action. Terrence Ross continues to put in work against his former team as he scored 24 points off the bench. Evan Fournier only made one shot during open play, and he finished with seven points on the night.

It is known that Kyle Lowry is the epitome of a gritty player, and one play late in the fourth quarter from the all-star point guard solidified that. Lowry was alert to grab Kawhi Leonard’s missed shot that bounced off the rim which ultimately won the Raptors the game.

Toronto will try to extend their series lead to 3-1 in game 4 that tips off on Sunday at 7 p.m.


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