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Kawhi Leonard talked about the narrative surrounding teammate Kyle Lowry following the Toronto Raptors' series clinching victory over the Orlando Magic. The Magic haven't advanced past the opening round since 2010, when they lost to Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto was a +38 when Leonard was on the floor. Khem Birch led Orlando with 11 rebounds. "Kyle played great tonight and he got us all going with that unbelievable first quarter he played, we fed off his energy".

The Raptors made it clear early that they were on a mission from the start. He'd been criticized for going 0-for-7 from the floor in the Game 1 loss, but on this occasion, his shots were falling to go with everything else he does well. By the midway point of the first quarter, the Raptors' lead had ballooned to 16 points as they had scored 19 points to the Magic's three.

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points as the Raptors finished off the Magic easily, bouncing back from a Game 1 defeat to win by double-digits in three of the next four.

Lowry scored Toronto's first nine points and had 12 in the opening quarter.

Orlando made 32 of 83 shots Tuesday, including 9 of 34 from 3-point range.

And for what he did Tuesday night. Toronto relished in an opportunity to close out a series at home and left no doubt in the process.

The Magic continue to struggle offensively in this series.

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Leonard made 8 of 11 shots, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range, as the Raptors jumped on Orlando early and never trailed. After going scoreless in the first game of the series, Lowry played a key role in Toronto winning four consecutive games to end Orlando's season.

The offseason trade to acquire Kawhi Leonard always came with a lot of risk for the Raptors, and he still may choose to leave in the summer. As the game ended, the Raptors waited to see if the Philadelphia 76ers would hold on to their big lead and eliminate the Brooklyn Nets and advance to a second-round meeting with the Raps.

The Raptors were up by 31 inside the third quarter, but there were still thrilling moments to be had: some driving dunks by Norman Powell and spicy spin moves from Siakam. They finished with 34 assists on 41 baskets, a team playoff record. G Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 10 assists while Lowry had nine. Toronto was up 35-19 after one. Leonard is averaging 27.8 points per game in the playoffs with 6.6 rebounds and three assists. Five games is the quickest Toronto has ever won a seven-game series.

The NBA switched it's playoff format to a best-of-seven series in the first round in 2003. You can't win playoff games with just one player. It had taken the Raptors six games to finish Washington and Milwaukee the past two seasons, and seven to close out IN and Miami IN 2016. On the other, it is worth pointing out that Orlando was comfortably the fifth-best team in the conference during the second half of the regular season, shining without a enormous influx of talent midseason.

The Magic contend they'll keep fighting.

All-in-all, this was the most productive and efficient series in Raptors franchise history.

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