The Toronto Raptors deftly defeated the Orlando Magic in Wednesday’s contest, outscoring them 113-97. Looking back to last year’s playoffs the Raptors hold a 6 game win streak against the competitive Orlando team. Toronto improves to a perfect 6-0 at home while also reaching double digit wins on the season. 14 games is the third fastest pace that a Raptors team has reached 10 wins in the franchise’s twenty-five years. Their 10-4 record places them as the fourth best team in the Eastern Conference.

Scoring on the inside

Fred VanVleet’s brilliant pick and roll game was showcased as he produced a game high 24 points. The ability to slash inside Orlando’s defence was a trend the rest of the Raptors took note of and followed. Norman Powell did a masterful job of taking Orlando players off the dribble exploiting the Magic’s lackadaisical rim protection for 12 of his 15 points. This relentless attack led to a season-high 68 points in the paint, making up for their season-low 9 three-pointers made. This was an anomaly as Toronto has been the league’s premier shooting team as they nail 14.4 threes per game at a league leading 40.1% efficiency.

The Raptors’ Rising Rookie

Raptors all-star guard Kyle Lowry will have his injured thumb re-evaluated on Friday. Lowry has missed six games at this point and while the Raptors have gone an impressive 4-2 in his absence, his presence on the court is sorely missed.

Serge Ibaka (left), Kyle Lowry (right) cheering on the Raptors from the sidelines

In Lowry’s absence Terence Davis has been phenomenal. Davis topped the career high 16 points that he scored on Monday against Charlotte with 19 points during Wednesday’s contest. He scored 8 of his points on a perfect 3-3 shooting in his first 2 minutes of play. This explosion lead the Raptors on a 13-0 scoring run that the Magic simply never recovered from. Davis has thoroughly impressed in his increased role over the last six games, contributing 11.7 points on 55.6% efficiency. That efficiency includes an impressive 53.8 shooting percentage from long range. His relentlessness has solidified him as a player and it’s up to coach Nick Nurse to fit him in the rotation when Kyle Lowry inevitably returns.

Injury woes

The Magic suffered a pair of devastating injuries during the game. Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic both suffered right ankle injuries in the second quarter and did not return for the rest of the game. Both players left the game on crutches. The Magic are 0-6 on the road and these injuries only accentuate the problems the Magic have been having. Their 101.9 points per game have them ranked last in the NBA and losing two of their top 3 scorers is an immense loss. The absence of Gordon and Vucevic is a big reason why the Magic shot 38% from the field and that is a trend that may very well continue.

The Raptors next game sends them back on the road. They’ll face off against talented sophomore player Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.