Following the Magic’s Game 1 win, we knew the Raptors would come out in must-win mode. Did they ever.
The Raptors never trailed, and utterly dominated the Magic at both ends of the court in Game 2, winning 111-82 for their largest postseason margin of victory in franchise history.
Right from the jump, the Toronto defense was swarming, leaving Orlando completely out of sync offensively as the Magic collected four turnovers before scoring a point. The Raptors scored the first 11 points of the game, with the Magic’s first bucket coming on an Aaron Gordon dunk nearly five minutes into the game. After Kyle Lowry scored his first points of the series on a three with 6:52 left in the first, and Pascal Siakam followed with a jumper, the Raptors’ lead increased to 16-2. Kawhi Leonard scored 12 points in the opening quarter to lead Toronto.
Terrence Ross, off a 2-for-11 shooting performance in Game 1, checked in with 5:09 remaining and scored seven points, helping the Magic trim the deficit to six. Ross and Aaron Gordon (eight points) combined for all but three of the first quarter points for the Magic, who shot just 35.3 percent in the opening quarter and trailed 26-18 after one.
Ross was the only member of the Magic to score over the first seven minutes of the second quarter, scoring seven points as Orlando fell behind 38-26. Nikola Vucevic’s first points of the game, a dunk that pulled the Magic within 10, came with 5:04 remaining in the half. It was the only bucket of the first half for Vucevic, who shot 1-for-4 and looked tentative and out of sorts at times against the more physical Marc Gasol.
The Raptors, who attacked the paint at will and led by as many as 16 in the second quarter, took a 51-39 lead into the break. Lowry, after being held scoreless in Game 1, had 15 first half points on 5-for-8 shooting. Leonard had 17 first half points on 7-for-9 shooting to lead the Raptors, who shot 50 percent in the half.
It was Game 1 hero, D.J. Augustin, who struggled with his shot in the opening half, missing all five of his attempts as the Magic shot just 33.3 percent in the half.
Leonard’s efficient shooting continued in the third as he scored 10 points in the opening four minutes of the second half, pushing the Raptors’ advantage to 66-47. Leonard scored 17 points in the third to bring his total to 34 to that point. The Magic, meanwhile, continued to play without any semblance of rhythm offensively, and committed turnover after turnover, sending Toronto into the fourth with a 90-66 lead.
Tonight’s Orlando Magic defense summed up in one play... pic.twitter.com/Ys46D0Ogjr— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) April 17, 2019
It was much of the same in the fourth as the lead reached as many as 34.
The Raptors shot 48.8 percent from the field, made 11 threes, and also improved their percentage at the line after their 9-for-13 Game 1 performance, making 18 of 19 attempts.
Leonard finished with 37 points on 15-for-22 shooting, including 4 of 8 from three. Lowry had a strong bounce-back game with 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting and seven assists Siakam added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gasol had nine rebounds, five assists and three rebounds, but his biggest impact was on the defensive end where he helped shutdown Vucevic and also made the simple act of passing the basketball a challenge as he tallied four steals.
It was yet another quiet night for Vucevic, which will be the biggest concern moving forward for Orlando. He was held to just six points, committed four turnovers while struggling to pass around Gasol, and perhaps more alarming, attempted only seven shots as he was essentially immobilized by the Raptors defense.
Gordon led the Magic with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Ross, scoreless in the second half, finished with 15. Evan Fournier was the only other member of the Magic in double figures, scoring 10 points. Augustin, off his 25-point performance, added nine points and four assists, going 1-for-6 from the field. Orlando was limited to 37 percent shooting, which included 9 of 34 on three-point attempts (26.5 percent), and also struggled at the line, making just 13 of 24 free throws. Combine that with 17 turnovers and it adds up to a 30-point loss.
As ugly as the loss was, the Magic still return to Orlando with about as much as could have been reasonably asked for: a 1-1 split. It’s now a best-of-five series and the Magic have home court advantage. They now return to Amway Center, where they have won nine straight games, to play the first playoff game in Orlando since 2012.