It was the very definition of a trap game, but these Raptors are too savvy to fall for that anymore. Not that they haven’t on a few occasions earlier this year, but a smart team learns from its mistakes and there would be no mistakes on this night. Kyle Lowry set the tone — yes, it feels like we’re typing that just about every night now — going at this Magic squad that on paper was no match for these Raptors. But, as head coach Dwane Casey keeps reminding everyone, the games aren’t played on paper. Lowry, coming off a stunning display of basketball in that Brooklyn game had his second consecutive 30-point game besting the 31-point, seven-rebound, five-assist night he had against the Nets with 33, seven and 11 against the Magic in a comfortable 98-83 win. Earlier in this stretch a common refrain was that Lowry was the best point guard in the Eastern Conference. Last night, Casey took it to another level saying: “Right now, he’s one of the best point guards in the league.” Yes, Lowry has been that good. Limiting him to comparisons in the East is no longer sufficient. It was the Raps fourth win in the past five games and puts them three games over .500 for the first time this season. Lowry, and for that matter the entire Raptors team, were on fire from behind the three-point line for the first 14 minutes of the game going a perfect 9-for-9 from distance, before Greivis Vasquez finally snapped the streak early in the second quarter when he missed the 10th attempt from distance.
Raptors ease past Magic in 98-83 win
Toronto Sun | Jan 30