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ORLANDO IMPROVES STREAK TO 3 WINS AGAINST RAPTORS

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The Orlando Magic accomplished something they hadn’t done since February 2021, winning three games in a row. On Sunday, the Raptors fell to the Magic 111-99, who were playing at the Amway Center for the second time in a row.

“Our grit during the game impressed me,” Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley said. “We stayed the course despite knowing that we would have to fight hard (and we won). Shots weren’t falling early, but we stayed in the game and kept fighting (and won).”

Orlando was led by second-year forward Franz Wagner, who scored 23 points (6-14 FGs, 3-5 3PTs, 8-10 FTAs), recorded four assists, and collected three rebounds. Paolo Banchero scored 20 points (6-14 FGs, 2-5 3PTs, 6-8 FTs) and collected 12 rebounds and five assists Sunday, his sixteenth-time doing so in 21 career games.

Orlando made 14 of 31 three-point attempts against Toronto (45.2 percent), with six different players attempting at least two.

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The beginning of the Magic-Raptors game on Sunday evening was a little sleepy. Both teams began the game missing a lot of early shots. In the first five minutes, Toronto gained seven points because of turnovers by the Magic, who also committed four turnovers early on.

Despite shooting 31.6 percent from the field (6-19 attempts, 0-5 three pointers) in the first quarter, the Magic stayed close to the Raptors by staying aggressive and drawing fouls – especially Banchero.

Toronto head coach Nick Nurse unsuccessfully challenged a foul call on All-Star forward Pascal Siakam during a critical moment in the second quarter. Siakam was assessed his third and fourth fouls over a two-minute stretch as Orlando attacked the basket. Rather than removing Siakam after his third foul, Nurse kept him in the game, and he was penalized for his fourth foul a few possessions later.

Orlando took advantage of Siakam’s absence and raced to a 13-2 spurt to open a double-digit lead early in the game.

Orlando backup center Mo Bamba scored 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter, including three in-rhythm catch-and-shoot three-point field goals. Bamba scored nine rebounds and registered two blocks in 23 minutes against Toronto Sunday.

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The officials were the busiest and most impactful participants during the disjointed and interrupted third quarter, which turned out to be an extremely disjointed and interrupted period. Both teams were desperate to find a little more offensive flow in the second half, but the referees had other plans.

In all, fifteen personal fouls were assessed in the third quarter (Orlando – 9, Toronto – 6), including one flagrant-one infraction on Markelle Fultz. The two teams took a combined 25 free throws in the twelve minutes after halftime.

In the late third quarter, Toronto point guard Fred VanVleet hit a three-pointer to bring the Raptors within seven points, but after officials reviewed the play, they awarded him a three-pointer that he previously made before the shot clock expired, bringing the Raptors within three points.

Wagner helped the Magic extend their lead early in the fourth quarter by making three consecutive deep three-point field goals.

Banchero’s clutch two-point jumpers in the last two minutes of the game helped put the Magic away, preventing the Raptors from mounting any kind of comeback.

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Orlando outscored Toronto’s bench 49-23 thanks to a driving force from their backup point guard, who finished with 14 points, 6 assists (one turnover), and 6 rebounds.

After the game, Mosley emphasised how much this win-streak means to his team. The Magic will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they face the Atlanta Hawks at home Wednesday.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Career 38.5 3PT Shooter Player

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Malik Beasley

The Orlando Magic are one of the teams expected to pursue Malik Beasley once he hits the free agency market this July.

The Magic, who have already been linked to several incoming free agents with respectable shooting acumen, are reportedly among the teams showing some level of interest in Beasley.

Other teams linked to the sweet-shooting veterans are the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

“Houston has identified floor spacing and shooting as an area of need this offseason privately and publicly and have an interest in veteran sharpshooter Malik Beasley,” a source close to the situation told the New York Times.

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Beasley started 77 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, converting 41.3 percent of his shots from 3-point distance. He’s a career 38.5 percent three-point shooter.

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Magic Have Interest in Sweet-Shooting Point Guard

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D'Angelo Russell

The Orlando Magic has reportedly shown interest in potential free agent guard D’Angelo Russell, the Athletic reported on Wednesday, May 21.

Russell, who can opt out of his $18.7 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to draw interest from teams looking to shore up their shooting in their backcourt.

The 28-year-old point guard averaged 18.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 FG% and 41.5 3PT% during the 2023-24 season.

His numbers dipped in the playoffs as he averaged 14.2 points on 38.4 FG% and 31.8 3PT% in the five-game series with the Denver Nuggets.

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The Magic direly need some reliable shooting in their lineup for next season after shooting 35.2% from deep in the regular-season.

Aside from Russell, the Magic are also rumored as a potential destination for Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Big-Time Scorer in Free Agency

According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing the service of NBA All-Star Paul George.

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The offseason officially started for the Orlando Magic seconds after the final buzzer of their 94-106 Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing incoming free agent Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“There’s two teams that are paying very close attention to Paul George: the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers, because both of them have the money to throw at him and need a wing just like him, a veteran guy,” Shelburne said on “the Brian Windhorst & the Hoops Collective” podcast on May 1.

Sportrac projected the Magic to have a practical cap space of $19 million, but their maximum possible cap space could balloon to as high as $58 million if they forego their team options on Jonathan Isaac, Joe Ingles, and Moritz Wagner.

Despite turning 34 once the free agency window opens, George is expected to be a hot commodity on the market because of his reputation as a flat-out scorer and above-average wing defender. He’ll be looking for his final max-level deal of at least $45 million per year before he enters the twilight years of his career.

George averaged 22.6 points on 47.1 FG%, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season with the Clippers. His scoring production dipped a bit during the six-game series against the Mavericks, putting up 19.5 points on 41.1 FG% and 36.7 3PT%.

NBA experts expect the Magic to bring over either a legitimate shooter or a scorer who will help address the lack of shooting on their roster. George, a career 38.5 3PT% shooter, would be a solid addition to a resurging team like the Magic.

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