Magic fall to .500 with loss to TOR
In addition to Bosh's 41 pts on 13 of 25 FGs and 15 of 17 FTs, Jorge Garbajosa added 15 pts; Anthony Parker 12 pts; Andrea Bargnani off the bench with 11 pts, Jose Calderon 10 pts, 11 asts; and T.J. Ford off the bench with 10 pts, 11 asts. The Magic, in addition to Howard's 32 pts 9 rebs, KBogans added 15 pts; J.J. Redick off the bench with 14 pts; HTurkoglu 12 pts; CArroyo off the bench with 11 pts; and DMilicic, making his first start of the season in place of the injured TBattie, 10 pts, 6 rebs.
The Magic (41 of 81, 50.6%) outscored TOR (39 of 75, 52%) from the field 91-83. The Magic hit 9 of 24 from 3 pt range, while TOR was 5 of 17. TOR (30 of 38) had a huge advantage in FTs over the Magic (12 of 15). The Magic had a slim edge in rebounds 39-37. TOR had a superior AST/TO ratio of 31/9, while the Magic's ratio was 23-17. The TOR bench outscored the thin Magic bench 29-25, as Redick and Arroyo were the only bench players for the Magic to score.
The Magic are now just 1 game ahead of the oncoming Heat for the 8th spot in the East, and just 2 games ahead of NJ, who are in the 9th spot. The Magic return home FRI night to face the tough SA Spurs.