Green scores season-high 29 as Raptors beat Magic 121-109
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2019 10:06 AM
CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: Danny Green of the Toronto Raptors addresses the media during the 2019 NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Danny Green scored a season-high 29 points, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors clinched their sixth Atlantic Division title by beating the Orlando Magic 121-109 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
The win also means Toronto can finish no lower than second in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors began the day three games behind Milwaukee for first.
Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 as the Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak against the Magic.
Green connected on 11-of-15 attempts, going 7-of-10 from 3-point range, before sitting out the final quarter.
The Raptors trailed by 11 points early in the second before turning the game around with a 31-10 rally before halftime. Toronto pulled away after the break, leading by as many as 24.
Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 13 rebounds, but the Magic lost for the second time in three games after winning their previous six. Evan Fournier scored 21 points.
Orlando remained a half-game behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Toronto won its fourth straight and improved to 31-9 at home. Only Milwaukee (32) has more home wins this season.
Green's previous high this season was 24, set against Memphis on Jan. 19 (Jan. 20, PHL time), when he made a career-high eight three-pointers. He scored a career-high 33 against Phoenix on April 11, 2014.
Green made his first five shots of the game and scored 16 points in the first, going 4-of-5 from long range, but Orlando led 36-29 after one. Fournier scored seven points for the Magic and Vucevic had five points and five rebounds.
Orlando led 42-31 after Fournier's basket at 10:22 of the second before Toronto responded. The Raptors took their first the lead on a four-point play by Gasol at 1:49 and were up 62-52 at halftime.
The Raptors took a 95-75 lead into the fourth.
Magic: Orlando shot 12-for-33 from 3-point range. ... Wes Iwundu shot 7-for-7 and scored 16 points. ... Canadian Khem Birch scored 11 points off the bench. Birch is from Montreal. ... Former Raptors guard Terrence Ross shot 2-for-10 and scored six points.
Raptors: Leonard paid tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle with a message on his shoes. Hussle was fatally shot Sunday outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood. ... F OG Anunoby (concussion) missed his third straight game. ... Toronto's 29-point defeat at Orlando last Dec. 28 (Dec. 29, PHL time) is its most lopsided loss of the season. ... Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu attended the game.
Magic: Host New York on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Raptors: At Brooklyn on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).