Magic take care of business against Raptors
The Raptors never led, as the last tie of the game was at 33 all before the Magic took a 53-47 lead going into the half. The Magic then blew things open in the third quarter, outscoring Toronto 34-18, as they took a 87-65 lead into the fourth. The Magic's largest lead was 113-88 before the Raptors made the final basket to make the final 113-90 Magic.
Update: Chris Bosh is said to unhappy in Toronto and has told his GM he won't resign there in 2010 according to ESPN...
Magic leading scorers
Dwight Howard: 29 points (11 of 19 field goals), 14 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 22 points (8 of 17 field goals), 5 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 18 points (6 of 11 field goals), 10 assists, 8 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 15 points (5 of 13 field goals), 7 rebounds
Toronto leading scorers
Jose Calderon: 16 points, 6 assists
Joey Graham (bench): 14 points, 12 rebounds
Overall Game Statistics
FG%: ORL 44.8% (39 of 87) TOR 40.7% (35 of 86)
3 PT FG%: ORL 43.3% (13 of 30) TOR 2 of 11 (18.2%)
FT%: TOR 94.7% (18 of 19) ORL 75.9% (22 of 29)
REB: ORL 49 (10 offensive) TOR 44 (6 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/9 TOR 16/10
BENCH: TOR 40 ORL 29
Other game notes and stats:
-Chris Bosh, who usually has great games against the Magic, scored just 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting along with 9 rebounds
-Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, and Jermaine O'Neal combined to score just 31 points on 10 of 33 shooting
-Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu both had sub-par games, scoring a combined 26 points on 8 of 24 shooting
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Raptors' starting frontline 55-30
-The Magic starters outscored the Raptors' starters 84-50
-Jameer Nelson came within two assists of having a triple-double
-Keith Bogans and J.J. Redick did not see any action
-Four Magic starters had a +/- rating of +30 or over
The Magic don't gain any ground on Boston, as they already won today; they could gain ground on Cleveland, pending the outcome of their game at Detroit today.
The Magic fly home from Toronto to take on the Dallas Mavericks at Amway Arena Monday night.
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