Raptors shut the door on Sixers in Game 1, win 108-95

Powered by a new playoff career-high from Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors jumped out to a 1-0 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers, winning Game 1, 108-95, in an easy and entertaining fashion. It wasn’t supposed to be that easy.
While Toronto was certainly favored to come out of its second round series with Philadelphia, it’s not like any sane person was picking the Raptors to completely run the Sixers off the floor. That probably won’t happen in every game of the series. For now, though, the Raptors are definitively in the driver’s seat after a 108-95 Game 1 win that was nowhere near as close as the Sixers garbage time run might suggest.
A series as comically high on talent as this one is likely going to boil down the performances of the team’s stars. Round one goes to Toronto’s.
There’s a case for Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam being a duo unmatched around the league so far in these playoffs. After a bit of a clunky start saw the Raptors fall down 7-2, it was the pair who have carried the Raptors’ scoring load all year who swung the game irrevocably in Toronto’s …

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Author: Sean Woodley / Raptors HQ

Raptors control Game 4 in Orlando, win 107-85

Kawhi Leonard scored 34, as a hot shooting night powered the Raptors to a 3-1 series lead. Towards the end of Game 1 last weekend, the Raptors were giving everyone a familiar knot in their stomach. Late-game execution left a lot to be desired, the team looked out of sorts, and a lower-seeded squad was stretching them to their limit. Common sense coming out of that game was that the Raptors would balance out quickly. After all, with the roster turnover of 2018-19 — and the addition of Kawhi (freaking) Leonard — there was no way history could repeat itself again, right?
If that was your leading thought coming out of the first game of this series, Game 4 was the realization of it — the demonstrative proof that the Raptors are better than the Magic. Throughout Sunday’s game, Toronto’s defence forced Orlando into unsustainable forms of offence. Despite some intermittent scares and an awesome performance from Aaron Gordon, it worked out. Led by 34 points from Leonard in an outstanding bounce back performance from a flu-ridden Game 3, the Raptors won Game 4 107-85 to take a 3-1 series lead home to Toronto.
Kawhi was more than his 34 points in Game 4 and showed what having a …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ