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Magic Fall Short in Game 3, Trail Series 2-1 ORLANDO - Fans desperate to see high-leverage, playoff basketball in Orlando for the first time in seven years jammed the Amway Center on Friday night, filling the air with thunderous noise and raw emotion.
Kawhi Leonard Speaks Out On His Concerning Condition Before Game 3 vs. Magic Despite missing the Toronto Raptors' practice in the past couple of days due to illness, Kawhi Leonard says he never thought that he wouldn't be able to play in Game 3 against the Orlando Magic.
Marc Gasol heaps praise on Kyle Lowry, says his crucial rebound 'won the game' for Toronto Just like it was no surprise on Thursday when he came out of nowhere to secure an offensive rebound that staved off a wild comeback by the Orlando Magic, it's also no surprise that Gasol made a point to single Lowry out after Toronto's 98-93 victory.
Magic Being Back in Playoffs Serves as Great Exposure for Orlando and Its Attractions ORLANDO - Born in Jacksonville and raised on the Sunshine State's West Coast in Dunedin, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis remembers a time when the Orlando Magic gave him his first introduction to pro sports and started his love for Central Florida's first NBA franchise.
Despite Losing Game 3, Magic Deliver Solid Defensive Effort ORLANDO - Regardless of how the rest of this series plays out, one thing is clear; the Magic have an identity and it's likely not going to change any time soon. The goal coming into this season was to build good defensive habits.
Kyle Lowry pulls off crucial rebound in crazy ending of Raptors-Magic Game 3 Kyle Lowry made the biggest play of Game 3 between the Raptors and Magic, securing a crucial offensive rebound after a wild Orlando comeback.
Orlando Magic Grades: Toronto Raptors 98, Orlando Magic 93 Orlando just needed the rebound. It felt like there were three Magic players surrounding where the ball would land. But it was Kyle Lowry sneaking in to grab it. The Orlando Magic had to foul and their hopes of a come-from-behind victory in Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors fell short 98-93 at the Amway Center on Friday.
Toronto 98, Orlando 93: Raptors survive an off-night from Leonard, late Magic push Kawhi Leonard came into Game 3 against the Orlando Magic playing some of the best basketball of his career.
The Real Reason Raptors Coach Didn't Sub Out His Starters In 4th Quarter Of Game 2 vs. Magic - Revealed Nick Nurse says the Warriors' historic collaps was the reason why he didn't take out the Raptors' starters in Game 2 against the Magic despite their lead.
Orlando Magic Confident Ahead of Game 3 Clash with Raptors The Magic are set to take on the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. The series is moving to Orlando for the first time, and the game will tip off at 7 p.m. Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford has worked on instilling confidence in his players all season long.
Magic Wands: Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors — April 19, 2019 With a raucous crowd behind them, the Magic hope to take…
Magic Excited to Play in Front of Home Fans in Playoffs ORLANDO - Because they clinched a playoff berth in Boston, ended the regular season in Charlotte and started the postseason in Toronto, the Orlando Magic never really got a chance to celebrate with fans who have waited for seven years to see a night like Friday.
First Round, Game 3: Magic vs. Raptors GameThread For the first time in seven years, your Orlando Magic are hosting a playoff game.
NBA Playoffs 2019: Live updates from Raptors-Magic, Celtics-Pacers, Blazers-Thunder There are three more games to look forward to on Day 7 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, starting with the Orlando Magic hosting the Toronto Raptors. The Boston Celtics will then take on the Pacers in Indiana, followed by the Portland Trail Blazers traveling to Oklahoma City for a must-win game for the Thunder.
Friday's NBA roundup: Raptors take 2-1 series lead - Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic 98-93 to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series Friday night. Siakam was 13 of 20 from the floor, and the Raptors held Orlando to 36 percent shooting.
Pregame notebook: Finding Vucevic, and returning home The Amway will likely be rocking as the ball is thrown in the air in a playoff game for the first time since 2012, and the players, who are all excited to see how the atmosphere will be, will inevitably feed off of any and all energy the crowd is able to produce.
Raptors' Patrick McCaw returns to lineup vs. Magic for Game 3 Toronto Raptors guard Patrick McCaw will return to the lineup Friday for Game 3 of Toronto's first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic, head coach Nick Nurse told reporters pre-game. McCaw has been out since March 30 with a thumb injury.
NBA Playoffs Notebook: Raptors top Magic 98-93 for 2-1 lead Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic 98-93 on Friday night in Orlando, Florida. With the win, Toronto, took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.
NBA Playoffs: 3 Keys for the Orlando Magic to win Game 3 over the Toronto Raptors That is the place to start. But specifically, Jonathan Isaac has to hit 3-pointers to make the Raptors pay for their defensive schemes. That might be the lowest percentage shooter on the floor, but at the very least, Isaac has to make the defense account for him.
"Heart & Hustle" podcast: Previewing Game 3 with Brian Hill On the latest episode, Scott Anez is joined by the former Magic coach to breakdown Game 3.
NBA Playoffs 2019: Patrick McCaw available for Toronto Raptors in Game 3 vs. Orlando Magic Patrick McCaw has been sidelined since March 30 with a sprained right thumb, but he is set to make his return on Friday when the Orlando Magic host the Toronto Raptors for Game 3 of their first-round series.
Orlando Magic await the Sixth Man x-factor in Game 3 The Orlando Magic have waited for this moment. They are back at the Amway Center and eager to see Magic nation ignite for Game 3 of the playoffs. The clock…
Clifford Has a Jeff Van Gundy Philosophy When It Comes to Playoff Adjustments Clifford then went to Houston with Van Gundy, serving under him as an assistant coach. When that run ended, he was hired by Van Gundy's younger brother, Stan, to be an assistant coach in Orlando, and he was a driving force on the Magic teams that reached the NBA Finals in 2009 and Eastern Conference Finals in 2010.
Magic vs. Raptors, Game 3 preview: The return of the Orlando Magic's home-court advantage As playoff basketball returns to Orlando for the first time since 2012, the Magic now have a home-court advantage in more ways that one. In what has become a best-of-five series against the Raptors, with three of the next four games scheduled for Orlando, the Magic are no longer the team in need of a road victory to win the series.
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