NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Orlando|
(Sunday, March 30th)
Final Score: Toronto 98, Orlando 93
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - A five-second violation doomed the Orlando
Magic in the final 10 seconds as they fell to the Toronto Raptors, 98-93, on
The Magic trailed 96-93 with 8.9 seconds on the clock when Maurice Harkless
failed to inbound the ball in time.
Demar DeRozan netted a pair from the line to seal the outcome for Toronto
after the call. DeRozan finished with 28 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 20
points and nine rebounds to keep the Raptors 2 1/2 games ahead of the Brooklyn
Nets for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
Nikola Vucevic tallied 22 points and 10 boards and Jameer Nelson and Victor
Oladipo scored 16 apiece for the Magic, who have lost 10 of their last 12.
Tobias Harris contributed 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Oladipo opened the fourth with a triple, which sparked a 14-5 run that he
capped off with a layup to knot the game at 78-78 with just under nine left to
After trading scores, Toronto used an 11-2 burst, which Kyle Lowry provided
seven of his 16 points on, to put the Raptors up 91-82 with 3:45 remaining.
Orlando fired back with an 11-5 run that Arron Afflalo capped with a 3-
pointer, making it 96-93.
"We're not in a position that we can just wholesale hold guys out and it's
tricky, it's very tricky to make sure we cut their minutes and not give up
leads but again it's something that we gotta learn to do," said Toronto head
coach Dwane Casey.
Lowry missed a layup on the Raptors' next trip down the floor and, after the
Magic were able to avoid a five-second violation with a timeout they were then
called for the aforementioned violation, which sealed the outcome after the
DeRozan free throws.
"It's not like Kyle is my designated onside kick guy, the other guys can
inbound the basketball. Full confidence in Maurice being able to inbound the
basketball. It's more than just that one play guys, there was a 30-point
quarter we gave up in the second quarter. It's more than one possession at the
end of a game," said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn.
Orlando trailed by 18 with eight minutes left in the third before they used a
16-5 surge with 12 points supplied by Nelson, who netted the final 10 of the
run. The Magic trailed 68-61 at that point and headed into the fourth quarter
with a 73-64 deficit.
Toronto led by nine with just over eight minutes left in the first half before
they increased the margin to 46-28 with an 11-2 burst. The Raptors carried a
19-point lead, 57-38, into the break.
The first quarter featured eight lead changes and three ties with neither team
leading by more than five points. Toronto took a 27-22 lead into the second
quarter following the back-and-forth frame.
The Raptors are now 34-7 this season when they hold their opponent under 100
points ... The Magic shot 55.1 percent from the field.
03/30 22:07:55 ET