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Raptors close out first round series with Game 5 win over Magic

Raptors, Kawhi Leonard

The Toronto Raptors are headed to the Eastern Conference semifinals after a convincing Game 5 win over the Orlando Magic.

For the second straight year, the Raptors have zoomed past their first-round opponent with some rhythmic vigor.

Tuesday’s win was just another case of the Raptors being head-and-shoulders above their opponent. Kawhi Leonard put on another dominant two-way performance — posting 27 points, seven rebounds, and plucked a steal in 32 minutes of action. Pascal Siakam added 24 points, as he continues to look like a sheer lock for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.

Kyle Lowry exited for a brief period with a hand injury. He then returned to the court shortly after and eventually finished with 14 points and nine assists.

Orlando failed to step up when it mattered most, with no Magic player scoring more than 20 points in the game. DJ Augustin led all team scorers with 15 markers, while All-Star center Nikola Vucevic was limited to just six points in 17 minutes of play.

Aaron Gordon chipped in 11 points, while Jonathan Isaac was non-impactful with a measly three points in 28 minutes.

The Raptors join the Milwaukee Bucks as a major Eastern Conference team to beat at the moment. They will now face the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 2.