Magic waste huge first quarter in yet another tough loss
The Magic were led by a career night from HTurkoglu with 37 pts on 12 of 22 FGs, including 6 of 10 3 pt FGs. Turk, however, missed the potential game-tying three in the closing seconds; GHill 19 pts, 5 rebs; DHoward 18 pts, 15 rebs, but 7 TOs; TBattie 13 pts on 6 of 7 FGs; and KDooling off the bench with 10 pts. DMilicic was scoreless in 7 minutes and was ejected from the game in the third quarter for arguing a foul call. TOR was led by Chris Bosh with 28 pts on 14 of 15 FT and 10 rebs; Anthony Parker 20 pts; Joey Graham 18 pts, and T.J. Ford 16 pts, 8 asts.
The Magic (39 of 75, 52%) outscored TOR (35 of 71, 49.3%) from the field 84-79. TOR hit on 9 of 19 3 pt FGs, while the Magic were 6 of 12 from long range. TOR (32 of 39) had the decided edge at the FT line over the Magic (24 of 30). The Magic held a solid rebounding advantage 41-27. TOs once again hurt the Magic with 23, and TOR had the better AST/TO ratio of 19/15, compared to 20/23 for the Magic. The TOR bench outscored the Magic bench 22-15.
Grant Hill after the game: "I'm tired of saying we're still in it, because at some point if you keep saying it and you keep losing you won't be in it."
Magic only shot 24 of 57 (42.1%) after the first quarter, and are now 1 1/2 games behind NJ for the 7th seed, and 1 1/2 games ahead of IND for the 8th seed. Magic host MEM on SAT night.