There was the Lowry hustle play late, but the real turning point in Game 3 came when the Raptors re-asserted themselves over the Magic in the third and took control of the game. At the 6:37 mark of the third quarter in Game 3 of Raptors vs. Magic, Nikola Vucevic hit the second of two threes taken on consecutive trips down the floor. It gave the Magic the lead, 59-57, their first since the end of Game 1. Up that point, Toronto had been in control for six straight quarters of basketball. But control in this case is relative, and the Raptors’ grip on Game 3 had been steadily loosening to that point. With the Orlando crowd getting up and Kawhi Leonard not his usual self, the Raps found themselves suddenly behind, and looked in trouble.
So, in response, Toronto ripped off a 16-0 run, reasserted themselves in the game, and never quite looked back.
Now, there’s an obvious other turning point in Game 3 — which we’ll get to in a minute — but I’m of the opinion that these kinds of runs are what makes Toronto the more dangerous team in the series (if not the East). The Raptors had already stretched their …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ