Sunday, February 23, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - RAPTORS 105, MAGIC 90 - The "Third Quarter EruptionPart II" Edition

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)



The "Third Quarter Eruption Part II" Edition

It was an almost identical performance of Toronto's matchup against the Cavs on Friday.  A rough first half followed by a strong second half for Toronto where the Raptors shot a hot 86% in the third quarter.  Kyle Lowry continued to impress and caught fire in the third quarter in the 105-90 win over the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday.

Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard:

The Raptors

17 After a sluggish first half for the Toronto Raptors, Kyle Lowry blew up in the third quarter and went 5/5 from the field, made four threes and scored 17 points in the third quarter alone.  Lowry had a big night for Toronto with 28 points (7-13), 4-5 3pt, 10-11 FT, 6 assists, 4 reb.

36 After scoring just 19 points in the first quarter, Toronto came out energized in the third quarter for a second straight game and dropped 36 points on 86% shooting.

68 The combo of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross combined for 68 of the Raptors 105 points.  Lowry 28 pts, DeRozan 24 points and Ross finished with 16 points.

24 Toronto had a whopping 24 turnovers on the night (ouch.) compared to Orlando's nine turnovers but still managed to win the game.

205 DeMar finished with 4 assists on the night and 205 assists on the season.  This marks a new career high for the shooting guard, and he still has 28 games to go.

The Raptors are now six games over .500 and are 31-25 on the season.

One ankle sprain.  Amir Johnson has been having issues staying healthy this season and left the third quarter with a right ankle sprain.  He had 12 points and 8 rebounds up until that point.

The Magic

28 Tobias Harris led the Magic with 28 points (10-15), 7-8 FT, 6 rebounds and two steals.

41% Orlando shot just 41% from the field (36-87) with the guard combo of Victor Oladipo and Jameer Nelson shooting only 8-22.

15 The Magic have been struggling mightily on the road and lost their 15th straight road game on Sunday night.  Their franchise record is 16 straight losses on the road.  Hello, tank nation.

+18 The Magic dominated the Raptors in the paint, outscoring Toronto 48-30 in the paint.

0/5 Mississauga native Andrew Nicholson didn't have a great performance in his homecoming, going 0-5 from the floor.

Final Notes

We got one Matt Devlin rocking the red and white on gold medal Sunday.

Pound The Rock Star of the Game: Kyle Lowry - 36 minutes, 28 points (7-13), 17 points in the third, 4-5 3pt, 10-11 FT, 6 assists, 4 reb.

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