Toronto Raptors overcome Orlando Magic 106-103 in overtime thriller

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Toronto Raptors left the O2 Arena victorious after an exciting 106-103 overtime win against Eastern Conference rivals Orlando Magic in the 2016 NBA Global Game. 

Kyle Lowry led the way with 24 points on a poor shooting night for the 2015 All-Star. 12 of his total came from the free-throw line as he managed 5-20 field goals.

Victor Oladipo's season-high 27 was not enough for the Magic, and the 23-year-old missed a chance to draw the teams level in overtime.


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Tobias Harris (16pts, 11reb), Nikola Vucevic (17pts, 11reb) and DaMar DeRozan (13pts, 11reb) all finished with double-doubles. 

The Raptors held a sizeable lead after the first quarter as DeRozan's seven points from 2-6 field goal attempts put the Canadian franchise up 31-18.


The advantage was stretched to a game-high 14 in the second quarter, but Jason Smith's 16 points off 8-10 from the field helped the Florida-based franchise claw their way back to a seven-point deficit at the half.

The third began with Scola continuing his 100 per cent record from three-point land, as he sunk his third of the game.

Oladipo's mid-range jumper drew the score level at 96-96 with 33 seconds remaining. Lowry and Orlando's number five missed chances to put their team ahead.

With 0.7 seconds remaining, Magic had the inbound pass under Toronto's basket. There was confusion as the timekeeper got trigger happy; the buzzer was greeted with a chorus of boos from the crowd.

Smith missed the jump-shot and the capacity crowd in the O2 were treated to five minutes overtime.

Lowry's free-throw put the Raptors up three with 1.6 seconds left in overtime. Nikola Vucevic launched a hail mary from deep in his own half but could only hit the rim as Orlando fell to their 19th defeat of the season.

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