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Raptors Edge out Magic In Game 3 to Take 2-1 Series Lead

The Magic were unable to make the most of their home-court advantage, dropping Game 3 to the Raptors.

First Quarter

The Raptors were ready to go from the start, jumping off to a 10-0 lead following this 3-pointer from Pascal Siakam.

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Pascal Siakam was able to put up 12 points and four rebounds to get the Raptors going in the first. Jonathan Isaac was able to keep the Magic in this one though, putting up eight points of his own by knocking down two three-pointers to go alongside a thunderous putback dunk.

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Despite Isaac’s efforts, the Raptors still lead 26-21 at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter

Terrence Ross did his best to try and give the Magic the lead, dropping 11 points in the second including this half-court buzzer-beater:

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Thanks to Ross the Magic were able to get two points back but still trailed by three going into the half.

Third Quarter

Nikola Vucevic came out of the break a new man, putting up 14 points; including this 3-pointer that gave the Magic their first lead since the final score in Game 1:

The wheels fell off for the Magic after this though, as the Raptors went on a 19-6 run to close out the quarter; with Siakam having 10 points over that stretch.

Fourth Quarter

The Magic were able to cut the lead back down to three behind 13 points from Terrence Ross in the quarter. The deficit was too much for them to overcome though as the clock ticks down to zero.

Recap

Siakam led the way for the Raptors in this one with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Ross tried his best off the bench for the Magic, leading them with 24 points. Vucevic also did some solid work, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

The Magic have led for only 30 seconds in the last two games COMBINED. They have also been down double figures before scoring in the last two games. They don’t stand a chance at winning this series if they keep playing catch up from the start. They might consider starting Terrence Ross next game in order to prevent starting off so slow.

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