While Kyle Lowry had a nightmare debut, DJ Augustin, author of 25 points and 6 assists, managed a drive to tie the game and a 3-point lead in racket three seconds from the end to give victory to Orlando on the floor of Toronto (101-104)!
Humiliated and swept for two seasons by LeBron James and his crew, Kyle Lowry's teammates looked forward to that moment. There was only to see the crowds around the Scotiabank Arena (and Nick Nurse's magnificent plaid suit) to realize the importance of the event.
Arrived this summer to help the franchise franchise to cross a course, Kawhi Leonard does not miss his entry, attacking the game at 4/4 shooting (15-10). DJ Augustin throws his own with five points in a row, and Terrence Ross gives the Magic a short advantage with three throws (17-18). But Toronto quickly takes over with an 11-2. Fred VanVleet roars the fun fans by slamming two straight 3-point baskets before Jodie Meeks scores bottom-line with Wes Iwundu's fault (28-20). Evan Fournier stopped the series with a 3-point shot but Pascal Siakam ignited the crowd with a dunk in the traffic.
The moment "Magic" of Orlando
Still, the Magic is still there at the end of the first act (30-25) and increases its level of defensive intensity, forcing the Raptors to water from a distance (3/14) while Michael Carter Williams and Terrence Rosse set the target . The threat becomes clear when Nikola Vucevic takes the best of Marc Gasol and Aaron Gordon connects a clapper-dunk and a 3-point.
In turn, DJ Augustin and Evan Fournier hit the mark, forcing Nick Nurse to stop play (41-48).
The Magic finds the euphoria of its end of regular season to the image of the new 3-point DJ Augustin and his pass in the back for the dunk Nikola Vucevic (41-57). Always pushed by their fans, the Raptors finally return to the locker room on a 3-point Marc Gasol then Danny Green at the last second of the half (49-57). A lesser evil for Toronto that limits the breakage and will take the opportunity to restore health after the locker room.
A 22-2 to take back orders
The Raptors are indeed a 22-2 between the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third, reducing to crumbling the Magic's efforts. Kawhi Leonard took over with a half-time shot, a pass for Pascal Siakam and a 3-pointer at the head of the racket (58-59). After a missile of Marc Gasol, the run ends on a big dunk of Siakam (63-59).
While the meeting is about to switch, Evan Fournier participates in the return to the affairs of Magic, including causing an offensive foul of Kawhi Leonard. With the help of Michael Carter-Williams and Jonathan Isaac, Orlando clings (76-75).
Khem Birch shows up at the best time, taking advantage of Terrence Ross's serve to score with the foul. MCW is still impressive, with a 3-pointers and a lay-up that keep Orlando ahead (82-84).
But more is needed to sell the North Empire. Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell are doing the job, giving the Raptors the lead before the starters return. Victim of a Kyle Lowry slap in the heat of the action, Michael Carter-Williams blew his nose, which does not help the affairs of the Floridians (88-84). Pascal Siakam also gives a layer with two cons on Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic before placing a hook (90-84).
DJ Augustin responds to Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard
Except that Orlando does not abdicate. Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic bring back hope to 3-pointers before Evan Fournier rewards the good defense of his dunk counterattack to give the advantage to Orlando (92-94). Jonathan Isaac and Evan Fournier keep up the pressure, Toronto then relies on Kawhi Leonard to win the day.
With great serenity, the winger slams a 3-pointers and an unbalanced basket ahead of Aaron Gordon (101-99). The room is on fire, until DJ Augustin is at the end of his drive before air conditioning the assembly of a 3-points racket head in response to the missed attempt of Marc Gasol in the corner ( 101-104).
With three seconds on the clock, Kawhi Leonard drops an airball and here is the second surprise of this first day, with Raptors beaten 101-104 at home and still miss their start of playoffs. They are now 2 wins out of the 16 Game 1 of their history in the playoffs. The series is in any case launched, and the result promises!