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Sunday, November 18th
(All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (3-5) at Toronto Raptors (2-7), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Orlando Magic head north of the border on Sunday
afternoon for a matinee against the Toronto Raptors in the Air Canada Centre.
The Magic picked up their first road victory of the season Friday night in
Detroit with a 110-106 win over the Pistons.
Orlando rallied at the Palace of Auburn Hills, thanks to a go-ahead hoop from
J.J. Redick with less than a minute on the clock. He finished with 23 points
and Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory.
"The key was making stops in the second half, because that was why we were
able to get so many good looks at the offensive end," Magic head coach Jacque
It's been a struggle for the Magic to put the ball in the hoop. With Dwight
Howard's departure in the offseason, and injuries to veteran scorers Jameer
Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington, Orlando ranks 27th in scoring. The
only three times the Magic cracked the century mark this season, translated
into their only three victories.
Nelson returned Friday night and apparently gave an impassioned speech during
a third-quarter timeout. He finished with 13 points and 10 assists in 32
The Raptors fell Saturday afternoon to the Boston Celtics, 107-89. It was
their fifth loss in the last six and ran their road record to 1-4.
On Sunday, Toronto will try to improve its home record, which isn't much
better at 1-3.
Without guards Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields, both out for at least a few more
weeks, the Raptors did spread the scoring around against the Celtics. Andrea
Bargnani and John Lucas III led the way with 15 apiece and four other Raptors
each netted 10 points.
Problem was, the Raptors couldn't really stop the Celtics.
Rajon Rondo returned after a one-game absence with a sprained ankle and
tallied 20 assists. Four Celtics posted double-figures and the bench combined
for 41 points.
Toronto surrendered 28 points or more in three of the four quarters Saturday.
"Until we get a rhythm defensively, and take pride in our defense, stop them
with our man-to-man, and not have to play zone for such a long period of time,
that's when you're going to be OK," said head coach Dwane Casey. "Our defense
let us down, I thought, starting in the first quarter."
The Magic swept all three games last season and are 5-1 in their last six in
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