Kawhi Leonard scored 34, as a hot shooting night powered the Raptors to a 3-1 series lead. Towards the end of Game 1 last weekend, the Raptors were giving everyone a familiar knot in their stomach. Late-game execution left a lot to be desired, the team looked out of sorts, and a lower-seeded squad was stretching them to their limit. Common sense coming out of that game was that the Raptors would balance out quickly. After all, with the roster turnover of 2018-19 — and the addition of Kawhi (freaking) Leonard — there was no way history could repeat itself again, right?
If that was your leading thought coming out of the first game of this series, Game 4 was the realization of it — the demonstrative proof that the Raptors are better than the Magic. Throughout Sunday’s game, Toronto’s defence forced Orlando into unsustainable forms of offence. Despite some intermittent scares and an awesome performance from Aaron Gordon, it worked out. Led by 34 points from Leonard in an outstanding bounce back performance from a flu-ridden Game 3, the Raptors won Game 4 107-85 to take a 3-1 series lead home to Toronto.
Kawhi was more than his 34 points in Game 4 and showed what having a …
Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ