Returning home following their first road trip of the season, the Orlando Magic tipped it up against one of the leagues remaining undefeated teams, the Toronto Raptors. Despite some poor play in the second half, the Magic were able to hold on for their second win of the season, knocking off the Raptors 92-87.
Early on, the Magic and the Raptors were both flat, playing sloppy, uninspiring basketball throughout much of the quarter. While their offense struggled to find even a slight string of consistency, the Magic's defense strung together their best quarter of the season. The Magic swarmed Toronto's pick-and-rolls, forcing them into consistent mistakes, while also closing out on open shooter and forcing them into the lane where the Magic held the Raptors to just four points. Orlando's strong defensive quarter resulted in the Raptors shooting an ice cold 17.6 percent, to go along with six turnovers.
The Magic continued to hound the Raptors defensively in the second quarter, holding them to 7-of-26 shooting in the period. Toronto began dominating the Magic on the offensive glass, grabbing seven of their nine first half offensive rebounds in the quarter, accounting for 12 points in the quarter and 16 for the half. Orlando's offense saw slightly more success in the second quarter, despite turning the ball over four times. Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo led the way for the Magic with 10, with Cory Joseph scoring 10 to lead the Raptors.
Out of halftime, the Magic laid any egg, coming out with no energy, allowing the Raptors to run them over and get right back into the game early in the quarter. Despite inserting his entire bench early in the quarter, coach Scott Skiles was unable to find a unit that could give the team consistent energy on both ends, with the Raptors continuing their domination the entire quarter. The Raptors took advantage of Magic mistakes, turning their four turnovers into 10 points, while shooting 12-of-22 from the field.
Needing a breath of fresh air, the Magic went back to Tobias Harris early in the fourth quarter, a move that proved to pay huge dividends. Harris, along with reserve point guard C.J. Watson got the Magic going again, knocking down buckets and grabbing key rebounds. The two carried the struggling Magic's offense, giving them a chance to lock down their second win of the season.
After a poor shot from Oladipo, the Raptors had the ball with just over a minute remaining, but turned it over. Harris went down to the other end and was fouled on a post up, giving himself a chance to put the Magic up three with just 30 seconds remaining. However, Harris split the pair, giving the Raptors a chance to tie or win. After DeMar DeRozan split a pair, the Magic were unable to get the rebound, giving the Raptors yet another chance to win. A miss from Jonas Valanciunas, along with free throws from Oladipo and Evan Fournier locked up the Magic's victory.
Five Magic players finished in double figures, led by Harris' 20. Oladipo finished the night with 18, with Watson adding 12. Fournier capped off his night with 11, with Dewayne Dedmon scoring 10 in his first start of the season.
DeRozan led all scorers, finishing with 23 points. Joseph scored 19 off the bench, with Kyle Lowry finishing with 12 on the night.