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Defensive-Minded Magic Beat Raptors Again to Extend Winning Streak to Three

Josh Cohen
Digital News Manager

The Lead

Franz Wagner tallied 23 points, Paolo Banchero scored 20 and Mo Bamba had 18, as the Orlando Magic defeated the Toronto Raptors 111-99 on Sunday at Amway Center in a defensive-minded affair to notch their first three-game winning streak since February 2021. 

Clutch Moments

Wagner drilled all three of his 3-pointers in the early moments of the fourth quarter to extend Orlando’s lead to 16. Banchero, meanwhile, made a pair of pull-up mid-range jumpers down the stretch, including one with 46 seconds left that sealed the Magic’s victory.

Key Stats

The Magic limited the Raptors to just eight fast break points, 11 fewer than their league-high season average. Orlando made 14 of its 31 3-point attempts (45.2 percent). It was just the second time this season the Magic shot 45-plus percent from downtown with at least 30 tries. 

Interesting Note

The last Magic three-game winning streak came between Feb. 17-21, 2021. Their victories during that stretch came against the Knicks, Warriors and Pistons – all at home just like this current winning streak.  

Injury Report

Gary Harris (right hamstring soreness), Wendell Carter Jr. (right plantar fascia strain), Jalen Suggs (right ankle soreness), Chuma Okeke (left knee soreness), and Jonathan Isaac (left knee rehabilitation) were out for the Magic. OG Anunoby (hip), Precious Achiuwa (ankle), Otto Porter Jr. (toe), and Juancho Hernangomez (ankle) were unavailable for the Raptors. 

Quote of the Day

“I think it’s just me and ‘Kelle (Markelle Fultz) just coming together with the rest of us and realizing the pace he plays at, the pace we want to play at, and just how much better we look when we’re playing at that pace, sharing the ball, and everybody’s touching it. I think Markelle is unselfish. All of us are unselfish so we know that when someone else has the ball, there’s a great chance that it can get back to you and someone can make a play. When you know that, you don’t mind passing it to Markelle, Franz, or whoever because you know they’re going to make the right decision. ‘Kelle is a great point guard and he’s always trusted with the ball.” - Banchero

This Day in History

On Dec. 11, 1997, Mark Price, who was in his final NBA season, led the Magic with 18 points, while Derek Harper, playing against his former team and the one that he’s currently a television commentator for, had 16 points, as Orlando defeated the Dallas Mavericks. Michael Finley led Dallas with 20 points, while Dennis Scott, who will soon be inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame, finished with 13 in his first game against his former team. 

Rivals Report

One night, the Raptors might look like one of the top teams in the East and the next night they might look like a team that could struggle just to get into the play-in tournament. That’s how up and down they’ve been through their first 27 games. They’re great at certain things – such as scoring off turnovers, second-chance points, and in transition – and they’re poor at other things – such as shooting threes and off pull-ups. Pascal Siakam should be a lock to be an All-Star for a second time in his career and Anunoby has taken another pretty big leap. 

Up Next

The Magic’s five-game homestand wraps up Wednesday when they take on the Atlanta Hawks at 7 p.m. This will be the third of four meetings between these Southeast Division rivals. The Hawks won the first two, including on Nov. 30 at Amway Center. Trae Young posted 30 points and 14 assists in that contest, while Dejounte Murray, who won’t be available this time around as he’s currently rehabbing an ankle injury, had 27 points. Franz Wagner led Orlando with 22 points, while Banchero scored 20.