ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando Magic took their record to 8-20 with a second consecutive win over the Toronto Raptors 111-99. the winks the third in a row for the Magic.
Frank Wagner once again proved to be a strong scorer for the Magic with 23 points, and rookie, first round pick Paolo Banchero proves his worth with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the game.
During this streak, the boys in blue have shown a new tenacity to their game.
“I loved our grit, our ability to just know it was going to be a knockout drag out type of game.” said Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley. “And you know, we stayed the course. Shots may not have been falling early, but our ability to just stay in the stay the course and stay in the fight.“
The Magic did their work in the paint and one the boards by getting 18 second chance points, and out rebounding Toronto 18 to 11. Though that’s not a lot of rebounds, every one counts towards the win.
Toronto’s Gary Trent Jr lead in scoring with 23 points, followed by Pascal Siakam with 20, but outside of Chris vouchers 12 points, they got very little from the bench.
Orlando got a key 18 points from Mo Bamba, as well as 9 rebounds and two blocked shots, which became key when Mo Wagner committed his 5th foul and was on the bench. Cole Anthony contributed 14 points from the bench, and Terrance Ross contributed 8 points.
Once again, Orlando helped Toronto out by committing 18 turnovers, giving the Raptors 23 points. as they get these turnover numbers down, the games will become much easier wins down the line.
Orlando is getting these wins thanks to the return of Markelle Fultz and his point guard leadership to the floor. Fultz only scored six points in the game, but his presence on the floor, as well as his threat to score has loosened up opponents defenses for the other players.
Mo Wagner has been getting stronger and stronger in his return, as he fills in the weaknesses in the paint that was left but Wendell Carter Jr’s absence. Carter is still resting and nursing a plantar Fascia strain. The good news is that Jonathan Isaac is working out with the Lakeland Magic which may signal his return before the end of the year.
Orlando welcomes the Atlanta Hawks back to Amway Center on Wednesday.