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Mar 31

Grades: Toronto Raptors 98, Orlando Magic 93

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Toronto Raptors 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
3-9 FG | 1-4 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +1

Leading up to the All-Star Game, Afflalo and DeMar DeRozan were both in the running to be named a reserve on the East roster. At the time, they were each putting up similar numbers. Ultimately, DeRozan got the nod. Looking back now, it was the right choice. While Afflalo has taken a step back, DeRozan has taken a step forward. Sunday was a perfect example of that.

Nikola Vucevic
10-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | +5

If it wasn’t for Vucevic, the Magic might have been down by 30 points at halftime against the Raptors. That’s not an exaggeration. Vucevic accounted for 18 of Orlando’s 38 first half points in what was his best half of the season. Though he did slow down considerably in the second half, as his teammates finally were able to pick up the slack offensively.

Jameer Nelson
6-11 FG | 2-5 3P | 2 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | -2

It was all Nelson in the third quarter, as he scored 12 of his 16 points in the period to help the Magic cut a 21-point deficit to nine heading into the fourth. At one point in the third quarter, Nelson scored 10 straight points. It was a display of offensive aggression that was much-needed for Orlando in a game that could have turned into a blowout.

Victor Oladipo
7-12 FG | 2-4 3P | 2 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -8

Nelson scored 12 of his 16 points in the third quarter. Oladipo scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Are you getting a sense of deja vu here? While Nelson was helping the Magic trim a 21-point deficit in half in the third quarter, Oladipo was trying to complete the comeback charge in the fourth before ultimately falling short.

Toronto Raptors

What a strange ending. With the Raptors leading 96-88 with 1:03 left, it seemed like they had the game won. But the Magic were able to pull off a perfect score-stop-score-stop sequence to slice the deficit to three with 8.9 seconds left. But Maurice Harkless committed a five-second violation, thus denying a chance for Orlando to tie things up and allowing Toronto to escape with a victory.