After opening the season with two losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards, the Orlando Magic welcomed the Toronto Raptors to the Amway Center. The Raptors ended up being too much for the Magic, as they took home the victory, 108-95 on Saturday night.
Opening the game, the Magic were aggressive, getting some easy buckets around the basket. However, some sloppy play and bad fouls got the team behind. Despite shooting just 40.9% in the quarter, Toronto got to the free throw line 12 times, making 11 of them, compared to Orlando's four trips and three makes. Nikola Vucevic got the Magic going early once again, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Magic continued their scorching shooting from the field, knocking down half of their attempts in the quarter. Elfrid Payton continued his strong game, scoring six of his 10 first half points in the quarter, while also dishing out four of his first half high five assists in the quarter. Thanks to five points late in the quarter from Evan Fournier, the Magic were able to grab a three point lead, up 52-49 at halftime.
Out of half time, everything went downhill for the Magic. They committed 15 fouls in the third quarter, allowing Toronto to get to the line 19 times en route to a 38 point quarter. Orlando continued it's hot shooting, making 10-of-22 shots, including four three pointers, but with Toronto going to the free throw line seemingly every trip, they were unable to get any stops.
After struggling with fouls in the third, the Magic were able to turn the tides a some, getting the Raptors into foul trouble thanks to aggressive play from Evan Fournier and Elfrid Payton. Despite having the Raptors in the bonus for almost half the quarter, the Magic were unable to take advantage, falling short once again.
Toronto was led by All-Star DeMar DeRozan, who finished with a game high 26. Point guard Kyle Lowry was close behind DeRozan, finishing with 21 on the night. Amir Johnson finished the night with 14, while James Johnson scored 12 off the bench. Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross rounded out the Raptors in double figures, finishing with 10 each.
Orlando was led by strong guard play from Payton and Fournier. The two combined for 34 points, with 18 coming from Fournier and 16 from Payton. Vucevic posted with yet another double-double, finishing with 15 points and 12rebounds before fouling out. Tobias Harris and Channing Frye finished the night with 11 each.