The Raptors know they are playing a dangerous game with their habit of easing into games with sluggish first halves that demand superior seconds.

They know they are talented enough to do that against the Orlando Magics and Cleveland Cavaliers and the other dregs of the NBA, but there will come a night — and it may come soon — when they are not able to turn things on when they want, and they will lose.

And they will say, collectively, “we all saw this coming”.

“I can’t put a finger on it, maybe we just like a challenge sometimes; put ourselves in tight situations so we can fight our way out,” said DeMar DeRozan after the Raptors did it again, coasting through the first half before ultimately dominating the Magic 105-90 at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.

“We’ve got to stop it; we have to come out of the gate so we don’t make the game that hard on us.”

It was DeRozan, with 17 of his 24 points in the final half, and Kyle Lowry, who had 24 of his game-high 28 in the same stretch, who led the surge that allowed the Raptors to win easily.

They did it because they were by a large measure the two most talented players on the court, considering Orlando has a 17-41 record entirely on merit. But DeRozan knows it’s not always going to be that way.

“We can’t rely on that … it’s going to be tough to come back and win against good teams,” he said. “We have to start a habit of that now, even when we’re playing teams like Orlando, so we’ll be ready and we know what to expect when we’re playing good teams.”