NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Toronto|
(Friday, December 21st)
Final Score: Toronto 93, Orlando 90
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - DeMar DeRozan led six Raptors in double figures
with 17 points to go with eight rebounds as Toronto held on for a 93-90
victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday at Air Canada Centre.
Jose Calderon netted 13 and handed out nine assists, while Terrence Ross went
3-of-5 from beyond the arc for 13 points for the Raptors, who have won five
straight for the first time since Jan. 22-31, 2010. Ed Davis, Amir Johnson and
Alan Anderson all contributed 10 points in the triumph.
Arron Afflalo scored a game-high 26 points and added five assists, while
Nikola Vucevic donated 16 points and 12 boards for the Magic, who had a four-
game winning streak snapped.
Gustavo Ayon posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards and E'Twuan
Moore chipped in with 12 points in the setback.
Trailing 91-80 with 4:13 to play, the Magic ripped off 10 straight points,
capped by a deep trey by Jameer Nelson, to pull within 91-90 with 55.9 seconds
DeRozan missed a jumper on the next Toronto possession, but Johnson grabbed
the rebound and was fouled by Ayon with 42.6 ticks left.
Johnson calmly sank both free throws to make it 93-90 and after another
DeRozan miss, Afflalo grabbed the long rebound with 10.7 seconds remaining and
called for a timeout.
J.J. Redick caught the ensuing inbound pass at the top of the arc and fired
the potential game-tying 3-ball up but missed. Moore came up with the rebound
for Orlando with 6.9 ticks left, but the Magic could not get another shot off.
"We wanted to foul, but in that scramble it got lost," Raptors coach Dwane
Casey said. "We're learning to execute late and we found a way to win."
Holding a 10-8 edge, the Raptors put some space between themselves and the
Magic with a 7-2 spurt to go ahead 17-10 with 2:20 to play in the opening
Anderson sank a trio of free throws to give the home team a 20-12 lead with
just over a minute to go and they held a 20-15 edge after one quarter.
Ross buried a trey and Anderson followed with a nice finger roll to push the
Toronto lead to 25-15 early in the second quarter.
A pair of free throws by Afflalo cut the deficit to four, but the Raptors used
a 10-3 burst, capped by a Linas Kleiza three, to open the advantage to 35-24
with 5:10 to play before halftime.
However, the Magic responded with 10 straight points to shave the deficit to
35-34 with 2:25 to go, but were never able to get over the hump as the Raptors
led 42-39 at the break.
Toronto stayed in front for the duration of the third quarter, pulling away in
the latter stages of the session.
Leading by four with 1:39 to go in the third, John Lucas capped a quick 7-0
burst with a corner 3-ball and the Raptors led 71-62 heading to the final
"I think we did a lot of good things, but we couldn't put the ball in
the basket early," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "We persevered and gave
ourselves a chance to win."
Orlando had won four of the last six meetings between the teams ... Raptors
center Jonas Valanciunas exited the game in the first quarter with a broken
right ring finger ... Magic forward Glen Davis missed the game due to a
shoulder injury ... Toronto shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 19-of-21 from
the free throw line.
12/21 22:08:39 ET