The Orlando Magic has been struggling on the road as of late and they couldn’t have picked up a worst opponent to visit on Wednesday night.
The Magic went to take on the red-hot Toronto Raptors – a team that has been surprisingly competitive since the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings – and as expected, the Raptors cruised to a 98-83 win where several players played a big role, but no other was more important than Kyle Lowry.
Lowry has established himself as the starting PG of the team and despite all the trade rumors that are surrounding him – the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors have all been named as possible destinations for the floor general – he continues to produce for Toronto, and the game against the Magic wasn’t the exception.
Lowry led the Raptors’ offense all night long and finished the game with a season-high 33 points to go along with 11 assists and seven rebounds. The veteran guard has been tearing it up as of late and scored 30 points in back-to-back games for the first him in his career; he has averaged around 17 points and eight dimes during January.
Lowry is quickly emerging as a core piece for the Raptors and his play on the court in recent weeks could justify a payday once the offseason arrives. His tandem with Greivis Vasquez and the chemistry he is developing with guys like DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson are part of the reasons why the Raptors are becoming a nice story in the Eastern Conference this year.
There is still plenty of work to be done with the team if they want to do something big in the playoffs, but it’s undeniable that the Raptors finally have pieces to build around. Lowry appears to be one of them, and he did nothing but confirm that with his huge game against the Magic.