The Orlando Magic got an amazing hot streak in order to make it into the playoffs this year. But the Toronto Raptors were expected to cool them down dramatically in game one of their best of seven series Saturday night in Toronto.
But the Magic had a different outcome in mind.
Toronto got off to a good start and led at the end of a competitive first quarter, 30-25. But then the Magic took over in the second. Heading into the half it wasn’t the favored Raptors in the lead but the underdog Magic, 57-49.
The Raptors were not about to let the Magic steal one in their house without a fight. A Marc Gasol three-pointer put them back in front, 61-59, early in the third. Heading into the fourth, Toronto held onto a slim lead, 76-75.
They traded the lead back and forth throughout the forth. With 1:02 left to go in the game, Kawhi Leonard put the Raptors in front, 101-99. D.J. Augustin tied the game up moments later, and with 4.2 seconds left in the game, he hit a 28-footer to put the Magic up for good 104-101.
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“When I saw the opening, I shot the ball with confidence and it went in,” Augustin said after the game, via ESPN.
After the game, Marc Gasol admitted he and Kawhi Leonard got their defensive assignments mixed up on the final play leaving Augustin wide open.
“It was a mistake made on that play,” Gasol said, via ESPN. “We miscommunicated and he made a good shot.”
Orlando had seven players score in double figures led by Augustin with 25 points (who was 9-13 from the floor and 4-5 from three-point range). Kawhi Leonard had 25 for Toronto and Pascal Siakim had 24, but Kyle Lowry went scoreless missing all seven shots that he took.
The Raptors will have a couple of days to regroup before Game Two. They will not face off with the Magic again until Tuesday night at 8 PM ET at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Despite the loss in Game One, Toronto is still the heavy favorite to win with the opening spread set at -9.5 points (money line: Toronto -600; Orlando– +425).