Denton: Magic vs. Raptors Analysis (1/29/14)


The Raptors took the mystery out of this one early on by making all eight of their 3-pointers in the first quarter. They made contested shots, wide-open tries, some came off ball movement and dribble-hand-offs and some from drive-and-kick plays. Incredibly with 6:37 left in the first half, Toronto had as many 3-pointers (11) as the Magic did field goals (11).

`You just give them credit. Everybody gets a chance to shoot the basketball and when the ball goes in it just makes it tough,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``They made shots. I thought some of the shots were contested, some were not contested and some were us worrying about the roller with (Jonas) Valanciunas (14 points and 15 rebounds) and Amir Johsnon (22 points and 11 rebounds) rolling. That creates a problem for you and a good job of them delivering the basketball and making shots.’’

The hot shooting allowed Toronto to blow out a lead as large as 17 points early on and a 55-40 spread at intermission. Lowry hit his first five 3-point tries and scored 17 first-quarter points. In addition to making six of his first eight shots, Lowry also had four assists in the first quarter to totally carve up the Magic.

Vucevic showed no signs of rust early on while playing the first six minutes o fthe game and the last six minutes of the second quarter. He air-balled his first shot, but recovered to make five of the next seven shots for 12 points and six rebounds in the first 24 minutes.

``It looks like his wind was pretty good and I played him around 20 minutes,’’ Vaughn said. ``He looked pretty good and hopefully we can build upon tonight. There is no restriction. I said before the game that it would be an eye test and how he felt and I saw that I needed to play him 21 minutes and we’ll go forward.’’


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