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Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
Author: Aldo Panessidi
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The Raptors conclude their five-game road trip on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday afternoon, UK time, after finishing 3-1 on the North American leg of the tour. The team made quick work of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, 108-95, to improve their winning streak to three games and hold onto a solid grasp of first place in the Atlantic Division, where they are 4.5 games clear of the second place New York Knicks. Kyle Lowry lead Toronto with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory, shooting 10 of 17 from the field. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and 9 boards to move the team into second place overall in the East. The Raptors’ potent defense was on display again in their win over Philly, as they are allowing 96.7 points per contest, ranking fourth-best in the league.
The Magic, themselves with designs on a Playoff run this season, have struggled to kick off 2016, losing five of their last six outings. So far in January, the team has already matched their loss total for the entire month of December, when they went 10-5. Orlando’s latest defeat came on Saturday night at home to the Washington Wizards, 105-99, despite all five of their starters posting double digits. Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and added 9 rebounds to serve as the top producer for the team, while Aaron Gordon posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards. Vucevic has been the top weapon for the team throughout the season, leading the upstart unit with 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The Magic will have the weekend to recoup before traveling to Atlanta on Monday to face the division-leading Atlanta Hawks.