Toronto Raptors cruise past Orlando Magic in historic National Basketball Association series win

NBA Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic Game 4 Prediction and Preview

The season for the Orlando Magic has come to an end after a 115-96 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 in a first-round series of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Here are some takeaways from the series between the Raptors and Magic. Aaron Gordon, who has come so far this season and made his mark as a dependable two-way player a franchise can use as a cornerstone, took his third at 5:12 of the second quarter: An offensive foul when he lowered his shoulder into Serge Ibaka driving to the hoop with the Raptors up 50-29.

Leonard made sure the Raptors took care of business on their home court, destroying Orlando for 27 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal on 72.7% (8-11 FG) shooting from the field and 100% (5-5 3PT) from the beyond the arc.

After Twitter went viral following Drake's attendance for Game 4 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins - which the Leafs lost - you can imagine the Toronto native wanted nothing more than to exorcise those demons. A win in Game 5 would present the Raptors with a little bit of history. Shoot, they're not even LeBron James Game 1 or any other game ghosts. He's a great two-way player.

For more on the Raptors' series-clinching victory, we have you covered with takeways below. Leonard and Siakam each had seven points in the second and the Raptors held a 67-47 lead at the intermission.

It's the fourth straight year the Raptors have reached the second round. "And I feel like he made us all better". Thanks to Leonard's 13-point quarter and a 10-point effort from Pascal Siakam, Toronto took a 99-70 advantage into the fourth.

Orlando upset Toronto to win the opener before the Raptors roared back to capture the next three, including a pair of victories at Orlando's Amway Center. He shot 3 for 10 and scored six points.

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And, they cruised through a 58-win regular season, finishing just behind in the Milwaukee Bucks in a top-heavy East after a campaign in which rookie head coach Nick Nurse told anyone who would listen that they weren't really worrying about win totals or playoff seeding.

As they did from about the second half of Game 1 until the end of Game 5, the Raptors played the kind of aggressive, championship defence they never have in the past, and were led by a ball-moving offence that created more open shots than any team could perhaps expect.

Lowry left at 2:41 of the second and headed to the locker room after appearing to jam a finger on his right hand.

Their ball movement was sublime - 19 assists in the first was a franchise playoff record for a half - and they shot 58 per cent from the field through the first three quarters, before the game became 12 minutes of garbage time. "I popped it back in".

"We know what we are, and what we can be", said Lowry after the win.

Down 1-0, Leonard bounced back with 37 points, four rebounds and four assists in Game 2, sending a message that even though they lost Game 1 again, this wasn't going to be the same old story for the Raptors in the playoffs. "It will be better by Game 1". The Magic have scored under 95 points in each of the last three games.

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