The early spell the Orlando Magic had on the Toronto Raptors was nowhere to be seen Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and Pascal Siakam added 24 as the Raptors wrapped up their first-round NBA playoff series in convincing fashion, pounding Orlando, 115-96, in Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena.
After dropping the opening-game of the Eastern Conference first-round series at home, Toronto reeled off four-straight wins against Orlando in the best-of-seven series and will now face the Philadelphia 76ers, who eliminated the Brooklyn Nets in five games.
Toronto dominated right from the start, jumping out to a 35-19 lead on the Magic after the first quarter and never looking back.
“I think our focus was to get out and put a stamp on the game on the defensive end, and I think we did that,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said on the team’s website. “And I think that was a good sign, that we were ready to go. We were serious. We knew how hard we had to play to beat this team and obviously we got off to a fantastic start.”
Kyle Lowry, who was held pointless in Toronto’s 104-101 opening-game loss, had a strong effort, dropping 14 points and handing out nine assists.
Leonard had another dominating performance. Acquired back in the summer to get the Raptors deep into the NBA playoffs, the star also grabbed seven rebounds to go with his game-high scoring total.
“He’s been through this before, the playoffs, and made deep runs obviously,” Nurse said of Leonard. “He relishes this time of year and I think it shows. He’s just playing strong, playing fast, playing defence. He’s a great two-way player and a great player in this league.”