Toronto Raptors Escape With 110-109 Victory over the Magic
The Toronto Raptors are on their first win streak of the season.
Behind the strong play of rookie Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent, along with a massive fourth quarter for Fred VanVleet, the Raptors were able to get back to %.500, edging the Orlando Magic by a score of 110-109.
Everything seemed to be going the Raptors way down the stretch too, until the Magic put together a big 11-0, bringing them within one point in the final five seconds of the contest. With the game on the line, it was Trent who helped the Raptors stop the bleeding, coming up with a huge defensive play on Cole Anthony to help Toronto earn the win.
“I was pretty sure they were going to go to him,” Trent said. “I was just trying to make a play on the ball. I saw it was low and I swiped through. Obviously I had a chance to get it. In that situation, they can call a foul and it go either way. It was just being alert and having defensive instincts.”
Offensively, Trent was exceptional, scoring 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Barnes led the way with a stellar 21 point, nine rebound performance, while VanVleet scored 16 of his 19 points in the final frame. The Raptors other rookie Dalano Banton had yet another strong night, scoring 10 points and grabbing down five boards off the bench.
“You see the things he does on the floor and it’s incredible,” Trent commented on Barnes’ game following the win. “He’s dunking in transition, he’s finding guys, he’s playing defence. He’s doing everything for us and helping us get wins.”
The Raptors now find themselves in the second half of a back-to-back and will look to extend their win streak to three straight when they take on the struggling Indiana Pacers tonight.