It was over when... Since then, the Raptors have won four playoff series, all in which took a minimum of six games.
Lowry has been criticized for performances in the postseason throughout his career.
"I think (Lowry) is looking around and saying this is the best team he's played on, this is the best chance they've had", said Magic coach Steve Clifford.
Kyle Lowry scored 14 points as the Raptors finished off the Magic easily, bouncing back from a game one defeat to win by double-digits in three of the next four. The Magic were virtual spectators as Toronto sprinted to a 24-point lead late in the first quarter.
No let down: The second quarter was more of the same.
Gasol managed to block shots, get steals, and most importantly, make Orlando All-Star Nikola Vucevic a non-factor - Vucevic averaged a measly 11.2 points per game. They also shot 56 percent and led 67-47 at the break.
Down 115-78 with 5:13 left, Orlando scored the game's final 18 points. Toronto was up 35-19 after one.
Toronto took a commanding 99-70 lead into the fourth.
Closing time: Thanks to the lead built through three quarters, Toronto's starters were able to rest for nearly the entirety of the fourth.
The Toronto Raptors have closed out the series with the Orlando Magic by way of a blowout Game 5 win. Leonard chalked it up to just a bunch of noise.
Leonard was at his playoff best on Tuesday, as he shot 8 of 11 from the field (including a flawless 5-of-5 from 3-point distance).
The Raptors finish the first round averaging 26.2 assists per game led by Lowry's 8.6 per contest.
A popular talking point so far during the National Basketball Association playoffs has been Lowry's play in the first round. In the 2017 NBA Playoffs they took six games to beat the Milwaukee Bucks and last season they took six games to beat the Washington Wizards. Toronto was a +31 with Lowry on the floor. "He's playing strong, playing fast, playing defence, he's a great two-way player, he's a great player in this league". He's a great two-way player.
Drake may even be in reverse the curse mode now, as he was recently in England to meet players of the English Premier League's Crystal Palace, and they followed up with a win over Arsenal.
Ross did end up coming into the game early when the Magic were in a deep hole, and the Raptors promptly broke out the shovels and made the hole deeper. "They can play both ends of the floor at a very high level". Just having these guys around me, like Pascal, Marc, Danny, Fred, Serge, Norm, and the other guys not getting as many minutes, it's not just me. That year, Orlando won its opener on the road against IN, then lost four straight.
Here was the Orlando coach on the Raptors before Game 5, when the series was not yet over: "What they have, to me, is what you need, and it shows in their numbers: Their balance".
"We were serious, we knew how hard we had to play against this team and obviously got off to a fantastic start", Nurse said. "And I feel like he made us all better".
Prior to this run as a good luck charm, the rise of the curse came after several big losses.
"(Lowry) was incredible in this series", the coach said.
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