The Orlando Magic lost to the Toronto Raptors 98-83 on Wednesday.
The Magic were facing an uphill battle against the Raptors due to Wednesday’s game coming on the 2nd night of a back-to-back. The struggles began at the start of the game, with the Magic’s inability to guard the 3-point line. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Magic were down 33-20 and allowed the Raptors to shoot 8 for 8 from beyond the arc.
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Here are the three other takeaways from the Magic loss.
The return of Nikola Vucevic
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic played in his first game since suffering a concussion on Jan. 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers. After missing three weeks worth of in game action, it was expected that Vucevic would be rusty. However, against the Raptors, Vucevic did not miss a beat. He had his usual double-double performance, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, despite only playing 20 minutes. Vucevic was the lone bright spot for the Magic on offense.
Kyle Lowry playing at an All-Star level
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was on a completely different level from the other players on the court. The perfect 1st quarter 3-point barrage came due to Lowry’s five 3-point baskets in the quarter. Lowry nearly had a triple-double as he scored 33 points, dished out 11 assists and hauled in seven rebounds. He finished the game shooting 6 for 11 from the 3-point line.
Arron Afflalo vs. Terrance Ross
One of the many trade rumors regarding the Orlando Magic is a possible trade involving the Magic’s Arron Afflalo and the Raptors’ Terrance Ross. On Wednesday, neither player had an outstanding game and each of the players spent time guarding the other.
Afflalo finished the game with 10 points. Ross had 12 points, but also made his presence known on the glass with seven rebounds.
The next game for the Orlando Magic will be against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. In the 1st match up between the teams on Nov. 13, the Magic defeated the Bucks 94-91 on in a game between two of the worst teams in the NBA. Afflalo dominated the Bucks with 36 points. Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando is set for 7 p.m.