Final Score: Raptors 905 122, Lakeland Magic 100 | Box Score
Two-Ways: Karim Mane (Magic)
The best offensive team prevailed over the best defensive team this morning, as Raptors 905 wrapped up their regular season with a 122-120 win over the Lakeland Magic.
Matt Morgan led all scorers with 24 points on 8-for-17 shooting, and Henry Ellenson added 23 points and 8 rebounds. Alize Johnson also notched his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 boards.
The team’s eighth straight win meant that the 905 has clinched the number one spot in the G League Playoffs with a 12-3 record, which will begin on Monday.
“We all play off each other really well,” Morgan said in the post-game interview. “I think we all got comfortable with each other throughout the year, the chemistry has just been building from the beginning. I mean it’s showing throughout this win streak, hopefully we’ll keep showing it throughout the playoffs.”
Antonio Campbell led the Magic with 17 points and 9 rebounds points while Tahjere McCall and Devin Cannady added 16 and 15, respectively.
With three minutes remaining in the opening frame, the 905 offense went cold and the Magic capitalized on 13-0 run to tie the game early in the second quarter at 24-24. A few moments later, a 26-foot three-pointer by Campbell gave the Magic its first and only lead of the game.
Stauskas opened the second half with his fourth 3-pointer of the morning, and Mooney and Morgan followed up with a triple each of their own, giving the 905 their first double-digit advantage.
The 905 would began to separate themselves from the Magic midway through the third quarter going on a 16-5 run to increase the score to 76-57. The team continued their offensive blitz for the rest of the game, and a Matt Mooney 27-foot 3-pointer with under three minutes left would give the 905 its largest lead of morning at 118-94.
With the number one spot clinched, the 905 will wait to see if they will face either the Oklahoma City Blue or the G League Ignite in the opening round of the single-elimination playoffs next week.
- It can’t be stressed how well this team has played together all season and throughout the winning streak, and with six players scoring in double-digits for the 905 today, they continue to show that the organization has one of, if not the best development system in the league. Whether it’s GP2, Alize Johnson, or Henry Ellenson, they certainly have a shot at becoming the next FVV/Boucher for the parent club or on another team in the NBA in the near future
- Tres Tinkle has stepped up for the 905 off the bench to close out the bubble season. Over the last six games, the 6-foot-7 forward has averaged 13.8 points on 55.9% shooting, and also adding 1.5 3’s, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game off the bench. Tinkle scored 12 points (5-for-8) and grabbed six rebounds for the 905 in today’s win
- Per Lukas Weese, Jalen Harris has re-joined the 905 and will eligible to participate in the G League Playoffs starting on Monday
- Karim Mane, Orlando’s two-way player from Montreal, struggled today scoring only two points on 1 of 7 shooting in 30 minutes. The 6-foot-5 guard played for Vanier College for three years in Quebec’s CEGEP pre-university education system before entering last year’s NBA Draft. Mane has averaged 5.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 14 games for Lakeland this season, and has also appeared in six games so far for the Orlando Magic.