NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Orlando
(Tuesday, November 18th)
Final Score: Orlando 103, Toronto 90
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, pacing the surging Magic to a 103-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis also finished with 22 points for Orlando, winners in eight of its last nine games. Lewis also had eight rebounds and five steals. Dwight Howard chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.
"It's a great thing when Jameer's being aggressive," said Howard. "He has to be more consistent about doing that."
J.J. Redick had 10 points in his first career start.
"It's been a slow start for me personally," said Redick. "We're off to another start as a team and I'd like to be contributing more. In this win, I think I helped us a little bit tonight. So it feels good."
Chris Bosh had a fabulous night, recording 40 points and 18 rebounds on 14- of-19 shooting, but the Raptors lost for the third time in four games. Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Will Solomon scored 10 in defeat. Solomon also accounted for seven of Toronto's 24 turnovers.
"That's what did us in," said Bosh. "We have to take care of the ball. I think if we do that we get a few more shots and you convert those turnovers into points that would not be much of a lead at all. We have cherish that ball, cherish every possession."
Another big difference in the game was three-point shooting. Toronto went 2-of-14 from long distance, while the Magic went 11-of-23. Lewis and Turkoglu combined to go 7-of-13 from beyond the arc.
The Raptors led by five after the opening quarter and moved in front by as many as 10 in the second quarter, but later in the period the Magic scored nine in a row to tie the game at 41 on Turkoglu's layup. It was even at 45 at the half.
Redick's three-pointer capped a 9-0 run for the Magic, who bolted to a 60-50 lead midway through the third quarter and they carried a 73-67 advantage going to the fourth.
Turkoglu had Orlando's first seven points of the final quarter, and Nelson's jumper opened the cushion to 90-77 with five minutes remaining.
Andrea Bargnani's three-ball had Toronto within 94-88 at the two-minute mark, but Turkoglu responded with another three-pointer, and the Raptors never got closer than seven after that juncture.
Magic guard Mickael Pietrus sat out with bruised ribs...Nelson was 10-of-15 from the field...Toronto had won five of the previous seven meetings entering Tuesday.
11/18 23:06:40 ET