Raptors hang on for Game 4 win, push Magic closer to extinction

22 Avril, 2019, 15:53 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Kawhi Leonard

Every time the Orlando Magic threatened the Toronto Raptors during the third quarter of Game 4 Sunday night, the Raptors' one-man wrecking crew answered by landing a colossal body blow of his own. Healthy and happy, Leonard has the Toronto Raptors one win away from the second round.

When the final buzzer sounded, a disgruntled Orlando fan leaving his seat muttered: "It was boys versus men tonight".

But as good as he was, Leonard's offence was the secondary story to Toronto's suffocating team-wide defence.

Siakam then said that he doesn't care about individual honors because he's just thankful that he's able to play the game that he loves, and be good at it. Pascal Siakam led the team with a game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and four assists on 13 of 20 shooting, Kawhi Leonard didn't practice in the lead up to the game, but still played and managed to finish with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists. The Magic made just seven of their 33 three-point attempts (21.9 per cent).

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The Toronto Raptors rolled to a 107-85 win over the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series Sunday in Orlando.

The Magic shot 35.6 percent from 3-point range during the regular season. He has now had two games in the series in which he has been close to unstoppable, underlining, again, why Masai Ujiri tore apart the best team the franchise had ever known to land him. In Game 4, it was Leonard's turn. The Raptors replied with a 111-82 rout in Game 2. "That is who we are, are becoming, need to become, need to be each and every minute of each and every game - and done it pretty well three games in a row". Magic head coach Steve Clifford has done his best to deflect any criticism of "Vooch", telling reporters before Game 3 that the center position is often dependent on other playmakers to generate offense. "They are long, and they help well. The possessions where we move the ball freely, which is not easy to do against them, we have a chance to get good shots".

Game 6, if necessary, would be Thursday in Orlando. Among players in this year's playoffs with at least 60 postseason wins, only Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry - all Golden State Warriors - have a better winning percentage. Well, former Raptor Tracy McGrady himself isn't one of them. The 76ers now lead the series 3-1, with Game 5 to be played in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

And, lo, it has come to pass. The Raptors can close out the series in Game 5 at home on Tuesday. That is nothing like the goals that this team has set for itself.



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