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DeRozan scores 20 as Raptors beat Magic 97-86
TORONTO 97, ORLANDO 86
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO (AP) -- Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn is already getting
tired of delivering the same postgame message: slow starts are
making life miserable for the Magic.
DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15
points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the
slumping Magic 97-86 on Sunday.
Orlando has trailed after the first quarter in seven games this
season. Sunday was no exception, with the Raptors racing out to
a 32-22 lead.
"There's no other way we're going to win if we're not prepared,"
Vaughn said. "If we're not ready to play at the start of the
game and committed at the start of the game, not waiting till
halftime and what happens after, then we won't have a chance."
The Magic are 2-5 when trailing after the first quarter.
"We have to set the tempo at the beginning of the game," said
Glen Davis, who led the Magic with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
"It takes us a while to get into the game. I don't know why we
have to be down to get it going, but we've got to find it."
Andrea Bargnani had 17 points, Linas Kleiza scored 10 of his 12
points in the fourth and Jose Calderon had a season-high 18
assists for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous
seven home meetings with Orlando.
"Jose is a leader," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "I cannot
say enough about how much I respect his game, his leadership and
E'Twuan Moore scored 16 points and Arron Afflalo had 15. Nikola
Vucevic had 12 and six rebounds, ending his streak of three
Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak and picked up its
first road victory of the season by beating Detroit on Friday,
but failed to collect back-to-back wins for the first time since
beating Denver and Phoenix in the first two games of the season.
"We had to play comeback basketball again," Vaughn said. "I was
disappointed that we had to be fighting back into the game for a
J.J. Redick, who led the Magic with a season-high 23 points
Friday, did not play Sunday because of an illness, further
depleting a Magic team that is already without long-term
absentees Al Harrington (right knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (broken
left hand). DeQuan Jones took Redick's place in the starting
"It affects us with scoring, ball movement and leadership,"
Vaughn said of Redick's absence. Redick will be evaluated before
Monday's game at Atlanta.
After being outscored 28-18 in the third quarter, surrendering
an eight-point lead in the process, the Raptors regained control
in the fourth, with back-to-back 3-pointers by Kleiza and
Johnson turning a one-point deficit into a 79-74 lead with 6:55
left to play.
"That took a lot of air out of us, especially the one Johnson
made," Davis said. "Guys hit shots like that, what can you do?
That's not on the scouting report."
For Johnson, the 3 was his first of the season, and only his
"Jose is probably the only one who would pass me the ball on the
3-point line," Johnson said. "I didn't hesitate. I just caught
it and shot the ball. All summer long I've been working on that
Toronto pulled away from there, with Johnson scoring a
turnaround hook shot and making a pair of free throws, Bargnani
hitting consecutive jumpers and Calderon finding DeRozan for a
powerful alley-oop dunk with 4:00 remaining that gave the
Raptors an 89-78 lead.
DeRozan scored 11 points in the first and the Raptors used a
10-2 run and four 3-pointers to open a 32-22 lead, their biggest
lead after one quarter this season.
The Magic got eight points and five rebounds from Davis in the
second, but Orlando trailed 49-41 at the half.
Afflalo scored four points as Orlando opened the third with an
8-2 run, cutting it to 51-49. A driving layup by Nelson with
1:13 left gave the Magic a 67-66 lead, their first since scoring
the game's opening basket. Nelson scored six points in the
third, all of them in the final 1:49, as the Magic took a 69-67
lead into the fourth.
NOTES: The Raptors announced that former C Jamaal Magloire has
accepted a role as development consultant and community
ambassador. The Toronto-born Magloire was cut during training
camp, ending his 12-year NBA career. ... Toronto begins a
three-game road trip at Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Raptors are
1-4 away from home this season. ... Calderon had 17 assists in a
triple-overtime loss to Utah on Nov. 12. His career-high is 19,
set twice. ... Buffalo Bills players Jairus Byrd and Kyle
Williams attended the game.
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