RAPS 110, MAGIC 106
Going into this game, I had little faith that the Raps could pull out more than one win on this four-game road trip. And I really didn't think this would be the game the Raps would win. But DeMar DeRozan helped lead the Raps to a victory with his career-high 26 points (8-13) to go with his 7 boards and 2 assists.
The Raps played hard for a full 48 minutes, but the full-on effort only helped the Raptors keep pace with Orlando. Toronto led the Magic by as much as 10 points in the fourth quarter until Orlando made a 7-2 run to close out the Raptors' lead. Mickael Pietrus made three big threes in the fourth including a game-tying three to tie the game up at 103. The basket that sealed the win for the Raps came from last night's substitution starter, Sonny Weems, who started in place of Linas Kleiza. With just seven seconds to play, Jack drove the lane and then kicked it out to Weems who nailed the three ball which proved to be the difference maker in the closing seconds.
Andrea Bargnani came out strong for the Raptors, scoring 21 of his 27 points in the first half. The Raps also got good bench production as they went with an eight-man rotation. Linas Kleiza, Leandro Barbosa and David Andersen all sat out with injuries. Julian Wright, Jose Calderon and Amir Johnson all logged double digit minutes for the Raps.
For Orlando, Dwight Howard led the Magic with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. D12 struggled from the line, going 7 for 17. Mickael Pietrus was huge off of the bench, making 8 threes to account for his 24 points and helped Orlando stay in last night's game.
- Toronto outrebounded the Magic 39-34
- Orlando was 16-29 from the FT line
- Former Raptor, Vince Carter, had a disappointing outing going 4-11 on the floor, finishing with 10 points
- The Los Angeles Clippers are now the lone team with one win.
- Up Next: The Raptors take on Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat on Saturday night