Both teams were in a deadlock after the first quarter, with Toronto holding a narrow 28-26 lead. However, that's when the Raptors stepped things up and never looked back.
The star for the Raptors is, no surprise, Kawhi Leonard. The small forward scored 34 points (12-of-20 from the field) in 34 minutes, not a bad ratio when looking at it. Leonard continued his strong performance with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 22, 2019
KAWHI LEONARD IS VERY GOOD AT BASKETBALL pic.twitter.com/IpS1HAM86n
For Orlando, power forward Aaron Gordon had himself a night in Game 4. Gordon scored 25 points (10-of-17 shooting from the field), 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Unfortunately, his performance was all for naught, as the Magic are now on the brink of elimination.
In the process of their victory, the Raptors made a bit of history. This is now the third time in Raptors history that the team has won three straight playoff games. However, this is the first time in which Toronto accomplished this feat in order to give themselves a 3-1 series lead.
That milestone will only make Raptors fans even more determined to retain Kawhi Leonard this offseason, despite the expectation that he will sign elsewhere in free agency.
This will only be the 3rd time Raptors have ever won 3 straight in the playoffs, 2nd time all in the same series. And, of course, first 3-1 lead.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) April 22, 2019
The series now returns to Toronto on Tuesday for Game 5. Can the Raptors successfully close out the series? Or will the Magic find a way to avoid elimination.