Denton's Dish: The 5th Quarter (2/23/14)

   

By John Denton
Feb. 23, 2014

TORONTO – Here are five takeaways from the Orlando Magic’s 105-90 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre:

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME

Leading just 44-41 at the half, Toronto broke the game open in the third quarter with some red-hot shooting that resembled the performance it put on against Orlando three weeks earlier.

The Raptors gave the Magic plenty of opportunities to stay in the game by turning the ball over 20 times in the first three periods. But Toronto pulled away just after halftime by hitting 12 of 14 shots and all five of its 3-point shots in the third quarter.

The hot shooting was reminiscent of the Jan. 29 game in Toronto between the Magic and the Raptors. That night, Toronto opened the game by making nine straight 3-pointers.

Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry made all four of his 3-point shots in Sunday’s third quarter, including a 25-footer at the buzzer that put Orlando behind 80-65.

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