The Toronto Raptors played their best game in their blowout Game 4 victory over the Orlando Magic and took a commanding 3-1 lead in the first round series.
After a tightly fought Game 3, the Toronto Raptors came out in Game 4 with the sole intention of taking a dominating lead going back home to try and end their first round series against the Orlando Magic. The Magic came out hot, starting the game on a 7-0 run, but Toronto easily matched their intensity and out-talented Orlando’s young group.
After his flu-like symptoms in Game 3, Kawhi Leonard bounced back for one of his best performances yet donning a Raptors’ uniform. He led the way with 34 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 12-of-20 shooting in just under 36 minutes played.
His partner in crime, Pascal Siakam, had another efficient game, posting 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting from the field. Siakam ran the floor with determination, provided several energy plays to help the Raptors extend their lead in the second quarter and never look back.
Despite a not-so-efficient shooting night, Kyle Lowry led the team in minutes played (40), steals (four) and was a +26 to go along with a so close but no cigar double-double of nine points and nine assists. It was his presence, along with Kawhi on the defensive end, that truly stood out. They were both tenacious and their output on that end of the floor helped the team take control of the pace of the game.
Orlando did its best in this one, but Toronto had simply too much talent to stop. Evan Fournier finally broke out of his slump with his 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal on 8-of-16 shooting. It was Aaron Gordon who led the team in scoring with 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3s. All-Star Nikola Vucevic struggled again against the Raptors’ frontcourt combo of Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, posting an 11-5-2-1 stat line with two turnovers.
Here are the three takeaways from Game 4 blowout victory.