NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 29th
(All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (12-34) at Toronto Raptors (23-21), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors have won three of their last four
and will try to keep the momentum going Wednesday night when they host the
Orlando Magic at Air Canada Centre.
The Raps lead the Atlantic Division by 2 1/2 games and two of their recent
victories have come on the road against division opponents.
On Friday, they toppled the Philadelphia 76ers, but lost at home the following
night to the Los Angeles Clippers.
On Monday, the Raptors passed a stiff test when they went to The Barclays
Center and knocked off the hot Brooklyn Nets, who are Toronto's closest
competitors in the Atlantic.
Patrick Patterson picked off a Deron Williams pass and buried a go-ahead
jumper with six seconds left to lift the Raptors to a 104-103 victory. With
Brooklyn holding a one-point lead with 12 seconds to play, Williams lobbed an
inbounds pass into the backcourt that Patterson intercepted before dishing to
Lowry was double-teamed near the top of the key, forcing him to pass back to
Patterson, who waited for Williams to fly by before draining the short jumper
to put Toronto on top.
"It was just the safest pass for me and I have confidence in Pat (Patterson),"
Lowry said of his decision to go to Patterson. "I got confidence in him that
he's going to make that shot every time."
Lowry finished with 31 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals,
while Jonas Valanciunas scored 20 points and grabbed 13 boards for the
Raptors. Patterson posted 15 points, while Greivis Vasquez scored 12.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto's leading scorer, missed the game after he sprained his
left foot on Saturday. He is listed as day-to-day.
The Magic have lost their last two, which were the start of this road trip
that will end in Toronto. They've actually dropped four of five and 14 of 16
as their record is just 2-13 in 2014.
On Tuesday, Orlando got clobbered in Detroit, 103-87.
Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 19 points, while Tobias Harris and Arron
Afflalo each chipped in 14 in the setback. Jameer Nelson had 11 points with
seven assists and E'Twaun Moore added 10 points off the bench for Orlando.
"Every guy on this team needs to take pride and ownership in their individual
performance and the team's performance," Nelson said.
The Magic return to Orlando for one game on Friday, then head back on the road
for stops in Boston and Indiana.
The Raptors swept all four meetings last season, but the Magic have won five
of their last eight trips north.
01/29 10:33:42 ET