Five thoughts on last night’s Game 3: Raptors 98, Magic 93

A struggling Kawhi Leonard and an unfriendly whistle conspired to keep the Magic in the game, but Pascal Siakam was too much for the Magic. Last night was not a pretty basketball game. Both the Magic and the Raptors brought their A-games on the defensive end, and the referees did their best to remove any sort of rhythm from the game, but the Raptors escaped with a road win — thanks to a gutsy play by Kyle Lowry and a brilliant all-around game from Pascal Siakam.
How Ya Like Me Now, T-Mac?
Tracy McGrady — veteran of both these teams, and he of the “has Pascal Siakam really improved?” take — was in the house in Orlando last night, and he sure got an eyeful of just how improved Pascal Siakam really is.
Siakam was far and away the best player on the floor last night. He had 30 points on 20 shots with only one free throw (more on that later!), 11 rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers.
Every time the Raptors needed a bucket, rebound or stop, Siakam came through, it seemed. He hit a clutch three-pointer to take back the lead after the Magic had gone ahead for the first time. He grabbed …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ