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Toronto at Orlando
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 19, 2019
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

The Toronto Raptors are soaring after notching the largest margin of victory in the franchise's playoff history. The Raptors look to follow up the 29-point triumph with another solid performance when they visit the Orlando Magic on Friday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Second-seeded Toronto dropped the series opener to the seventh-seeded Magic but restored order in Game 2 with the dominating 111-82 victory as All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard poured in 37 points. "He was just in a groove, getting downhill, getting to his spots," point guard Kyle Lowry told reporters of Leonard. "He's a player who knows where he wants to be on the floor and when he gets to those spots, he's pretty tough to guard." Orlando will be looking to ride the momentum of the crowd as it plays a home playoff game for the first time since 2012 after winning its final nine regular-season contests at the Amway Center. "Amway is going to be beautiful, it will be rocking, and it will be louder than it's been in seven years," Magic power forward Aaron Gordon told reporters. "It's going to be beautiful having the whole city of Orlando behind us and we'll feed off that crowd. We like that energy."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, Sportsnet (Toronto), FS Florida (Orlando)

ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Lowry rebounded from a scoreless effort in Game 1 to score 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the Game 2 rout. "He did a great job of bouncing back," Leonard told reporters. "He's a pro. That's what pros do, they know it's just one game and they come in the next game ready to play." Leonard averaged 31 points in the two games in Toronto and power forward Pascal Siakam also stood out with averages of 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.

ABOUT THE MAGIC: All-Star center Nikola Vucevic has been a major disappointment thus far by averaging 8.5 points on 6-of-21 shooting and seven rebounds per game. "They did a good job taking away a lot of the stuff, a lot of my strengths, and I just have to figure it out a way to be more aggressive and be more efficient offensively," Vucevic told reporters. "... I expected them to have a big focus on me, so I just have to look at the tape and see what I can do better." Point guard D.J. Augustin, who scored 25 points and made the game-winning 3-pointer in Game 1, had just nine points on 1-of-6 shooting in Game 2.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Magic won 13 of their final 14 regular-season home games.

2. Toronto backup G Patrick McCaw (thumb) is expected to be available for Game 3.

3. Orlando SG Evan Fournier is just 11-of-30 shooting while averaging 13 points in the series.

PREDICTION: Raptors 111, Magic 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 59-25 W1 33-10 26-15 5-3 54-22 12-4 37-17
Orlando 43-41 L1 23-16 18-25 6-2 37-39 10-6 31-23
Last Meeting
Toronto Orlando
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/16/19 ORL 82 TOR 111 111 42 48.3 82 45 37.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 37 68.2 3
Orlando A. Gordon 20 66.7 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto P. Siakam 10 2 8
Orlando M. Carter-Williams 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 7
Orlando D. Augustin 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 1698 49.7 384
Orlando N. Vucevic 1745 51.2 189
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto S. Ibaka 626 159 467
Orlando N. Vucevic 1016 233 783
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 588
Orlando D. Augustin 459
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Toronto Off vs  Orlando Orlando Defense
Toronto Off vs Orlando - Points For 114.2 Points For
Toronto Off vs Orlando - Points Against 106.6 Points Against
Toronto - FG% 47.4 FG%
Orlando - FG% 45.6 FG%
Toronto - Reb 45.2 Reb
Orlando - Reb 44.6 Reb
Orlando Orlando Off vs  Toronto Toronto Defense
Orlando Off vs Toronto - Points For 107.0 Points For
Orlando Off vs Toronto - Points Against 108.0 Points Against
Orlando - FG% 45.2 FG%
Toronto - FG% 44.8 FG%
Orlando - Reb 45.5 Reb
Toronto - Reb 44.8 Reb