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Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 19,800

Raptors rolling, looking to close out Magic

According to STATS
According to STATS

Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors

  1. The Raptors have taken three straight in this series after dropping the first game, holding the Magic to an average of 86.7 points across these three wins. Orlando shot 14-of-29 (.483) from three-point range in its one win this series but has gone 29-of-111 (.261) from deep across its three losses.
  2. The Raptors have never won a playoff series in fewer than six games. Toronto has gone 7-4 in Game 5's all-time and has won the fifth game in its first-round series in each of the past two seasons.
  3. The Raptors have 97 assists this postseason and only 47 turnovers while the Magic have 75 assists and 61 turnovers. Toronto's 97 assists are its second most in its first four games in a single postseason all-time (2008 -- 100).
  4. Orlando has scored under 95 points in each of its last three games. The last team to score fewer than 95 points in at least three straight playoff games was the 2016-17 Bucks (three straight from April 22-27, also versus Raptors).
  5. Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in Toronto's Game 4 win. The last player to meet each of these minimums in a postseason game was Steph Curry (37 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, three blocks in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals).
  6. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 12.5 points and 8.3 rebounds this postseason after averaging career highs in both categories during the regular season (20.8 PPG, 12.0 RPG).
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The Toronto Raptors will attempt to win four straight games in the same playoff series for the first time in franchise history when they seek to close out the visiting Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Tuesday night.

The Raptors have rebounded from a 104-101 home loss in Game 1 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They are one victory away from a second-round matchup with either Philadelphia or Brooklyn.

Toronto's defense has dominated the series ever since D.J. Augustin's late 3-pointer stunned the East's second seed in the series opener.

Orlando made 14 of its 29 3-point attempts (48.3 percent) in Game 1. The Magic have since gone 29-for-111 (26.1 percent) while totaling just 82, 93 and 85 points after putting up 104 in the opener.

After a 2-for-5 effort in Game 1, Evan Fournier's shooting woes have mirrored the Magic's long-range issues. He's shot 5-for-23 from deep in the last three games.

He felt apologetic after his -- and his team's -- performance in 98-93 and 107-85 home losses in Games 3 and 4.

"It's tough, man, because these fans have been waiting for these games for so long and it's really disappointing to not give them a win," he told reporters after Sunday's loss. "That's a big reason why we want to come back here for a Game 6."

Getting the series back to Orlando will be no easy task. Toronto has rebounded from its Game 1 disappointment to win three games by a total of 56 points.

Kawhi Leonard leads the series in scoring at 28.0 points per game, but he's gotten plenty of help.

Pascal Siakam (22.3 points) also has outscored Orlando's leading scorer (Aaron Gordon, 16.3); Kyle Lowry has twice the number of total assists (34) as the Magic leader (Gordon, 17); and Toronto has five other guys -- Serge Ibaka (9.3), Danny Green (8.5), Marc Gasol (8.3), Norman Powell (8.3) and Fred VanVleet (7.3) -- averaging at least seven points per game.

"I feel like my teammates had a big part (in Sunday's win)," Leonard said. "With Norm playing great; Pascal shot the ball well; Kyle did great, made big shots; Danny made a big shot at the end of the third; Marc played great; Fred came in and knocked down shots ... I feel like we all played well tonight; we all had our hands on the game. It's not just me out there."

While Toronto has never previously won four straight in a playoff series, the Magic have a history of losing four in succession. In fact, it happened the last time Orlando made the playoffs, when it beat Indiana in the 2012 first-round opener before getting eliminated in five games.

Orlando, which also won on the road as part of a 2-2 split in the regular season, will tip off the must-win contest with vivid memories of having had success on the Toronto court.

"We've shown that we can win there before," Gordon noted to reporters Sunday. "That's the idea -- go out there and fight, definitely fight -- and potentially get back (to Orlando for a Game 6). We get a win out there, then the series is up for grabs."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 22, 2019

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