NBA Global Game - Raptors vs Magic: Five things you might have missed

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NBA crossed the pond to take up it's annual residence in London tonight as the Toronto Raptors took on the Orlando Magic.

The Toronto Raptors won out 106-103 with Victor Oladipo top-scoring and Kyle Lowry's free-throwing shots the driving force behind the Canadian franchise clinching victory. 

But, whilst the sell out crowd at the O2 Arena were hooked on the action, there were a few moments the millions watching on TV might not have noticed. Here are five things you might have missed from Thursday night's transatlantic action.

Five things you might have missed


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1) Terrance Ross bring out the A-game dunk-game

The Raptors star brought down the house mid-way through the second quarter with a breakaway dunk, but if you thought that was good, you should have seen his effort in the pre-game warmups.

You can see why he won the 2013 NBA Dunk Contest...

2) The Orlando Magic's sneaky bench tactics

Early on in the first quarter, the Raptors pulled out to a fairly decent lead. Cue the Magic bench, or more specifically Jason Smith, deploying their own tactics in an attempt to put off their opponents.

The center saw his opportunity as Biyombo of the Raptors took aim at the basket and began his shooting motion and squeaked his sneakers across the hardwood as fast as he could - creating an unholy screech in the process. 

Biyombo duly missed his shot. 

3) Fans brought the noise for Gordon Ramsey

There were plenty of celebrities and sports stars in attendance tonight, and the camera crews weren't shy in pointing them out to fans on the big screen.

But, whilst the likes of Didier Drogba, Robert Pires, Anthony Ogogo and actor Michael B. Jordan drew the applause, it was Britain's own, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, who surprisingly drew the biggest cheers of the night. 

4) Jonas Valanciunas, the most popular guy in the house

When the NBA comes to London, you know the European players are going to get a good reception. And with the likes of Jonas Valanciunas, Evan Fournier, Mario Hezonja and Nikola Vucevic in town, this year had a bumper offering of home-continent stars.

It was the Raptors' Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas, though, who enjoyed the biggest 'home-court advantage'. Several Lithuanian flags were draped around the O2 Arena, whilst this was probably the only night of the season where his name will be greeted with a louder cheer than Kyle Lowry.

5) Raptors bench standing for entirity of overtime

With the game heading into overtime, it is fair to say everyone watching the game was hyped as the tension ramped up a level.

And, joining many of the fans watching on, the Toronto bench were caught up in it all during the extra five minutes as they stayed on their feet for the entire period. 

Lucas Nogueira, in particular, was leading the support for his teammates, giving his best beast-mode impression after a Kyle Lowry fought hard to recover a rebound. 

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