Raptors delivering a stellar fourth-quarter to beat Orlando

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Toronto’s reserves proved again they can be a factor in deciding a game, delivering a stellar fourth-quarter defensive effort.

Kyle Lowry scored 25 points to lead the Raptors to a 93-86 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, their 12th win in the last 13 games. We want it a lot more than any other bench,” Brown said.

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These games are about evaluating who can do what and see who you can trust in the situations,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said of his bench’s performance. “Mentally, you have to be sharp in these games and we weren’t for three quarters, but we found a way in the fourth.

Shelvin Mack led Orlando with 17 points. Aaron Gordon, returning after missing five games with a concussion, added 16 points. Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who have lost seven of their last eight.

The Magic missed their first 11 shots of the fourth quarter and didn’t get a field goal until Vucevic hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 4:34 left to play. He also got the next Magic field goal, but it came more than three minutes later and the game was decided by then.

” If you’re getting pressured, you’ve got to move the ball along. You’ve got to kick it out if you’re getting to the rim and you don’t have a clean look.”

DeRozan out with bruised thigh

Serge Ibaka had 14 points for Toronto. Wright and Norman Powell had 10 apiece for the Raptors, who played without All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan because of bruised thigh and it showed.

Toronto had to overcome long stretches of missed shots, turnovers and poor offensive execution of its own. The Raptors made only one field goal in the first five minutes of the final period, before Brown’s off-balance jumper in the lane started a 12-0 run.

Lowry was the only starter to play in the fourth quarter and helped put some life in the offense while the defense recorded one stop after the next. Siakam drained a corner 3-pointer to give the Raptors an 84-78 lead with 4:52 to play.

“If you’re getting pressured, you’ve got to move the ball along. If you’re getting to the rim and you don’t have a clean look, you’ve got to kick it out. We’ve just got to make better decisions.”

These games are about evaluating who can do what and see who you can trust in the situations,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said of his bench’s performance. These games are about evaluating who can do what and see who you can trust in the situations,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said of his bench’s performance. “If you’re getting pressured, you’ve got to move the ball along. If you’re getting to the rim and you don’t have a clean look, you’ve got to kick it out. We’ve just got to make better decisions.”


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