The urgency was awoken within the Magic late in the fourth quarter. Wittling down an 11-point lead would no longer cut it with time running out. Drastic action was needed.
A J.J. Redick 4-point play to tie the game with 50 seconds left. A Glen Davis offensive rebound and pass to E'Twaun Moore for a game-re-tying floater with 20 seconds left. A key foul from Davis had the Raptors taking the ball out of bounds with four seconds left.
DeMar DeRozan had killed the Magic all quarter. He got the ball and dribbled toward the left baseline. He was not passing it and he has Arron Afflalo chasing him and Glen Davis pushing him further out. With a little less than a second to go he raised up, faded away and shot over Davis' outstretched hands and sileneced an awoken Amway Center crowd.
DeRozan's 14 points in the fourth quarter and that jump shot proved to be the difference in a 97-95 Raptors win at Amway Center on Thursday. The Magic could only look up at the scoreboard in disbelief as the Raptors celebrated their way off the floor with the first season sweep of the Magic since 2006.
Orlando had to scratch and claw to get back into this game after falling down by 11 points in the fourth quarter. The Magic were playing from behind the entire second half, digging themselves a hole on a 6-0 Raptors run to start the second half that gave the visitors a seven-point lead.
The Magic never seemed to let the Raptors get too far away, but they could not make a run themselves to retake the lead. Not until the frantic fourth quarter when Orlando's offensive energy and defensive attentiveness were at their peak. Again, urgency brought the best out of the Magic.no comments