NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Orlando
(Wednesday, December 13th)
Final Score: Toronto 91, Orlando 84
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Top overall pick Andrea Bargnani easily had the best game of his young career, pouring in 23 points as the Toronto Raptors downed the Orlando Magic, 91-84.
Bargnani shot 8-of-16 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, while also grabbing six rebounds for the Raptors, who put the brakes on a four-game skid.
T.J. Ford had 14 points and five assists and Morris Peterson added 12 points and six boards for Toronto, which was without the services of all-star forward Chris Bosh due to a sore left knee.
"It is a big motivation for us because when Chris went down people were saying we can't win any games," said Peterson. "We just want to prove people wrong. We are missing a big chunk of our offense and defense and rebounding. We have to have other guys step up, play by committee and give us a chance to win."
Carlos Arroyo scored 22 points and Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 boards for the Magic, who finished a four-game homestand with a record of 1-3.
"We have a game (Thursday) and hopefully we get it going and keep playing as hard as we've been playing and just get a win," said Howard. "We really need one."
The injury bug has hit Orlando hard as of late. Hedo Turkoglu has been out with a sprained right ankle and before the game, Jameer Nelson was scratched with a groin pull. Then, late in the third quarter, Grant Hill left with left knee tendinitis and did not return.
"He's not playing tomorrow," said Magic head coach Brian Hill. "Whether he's okay or not, that I'm not sure, he was not able to go back into the game. His knee was bothering him."
With Toronto taking a 65-60 lead into the final quarter, three three-pointers by Bargnani in a two-minute span gave the Raptors a 10-point lead early in the fourth.
Orlando managed to make it a 82-78 with 2:06 left on Arroyo's long jumper, but Peterson answered with two free throws before driving to the lane for a layup with just under a minute to play to make it 84-78. The Magic got no closer than six the rest of the way as Toronto held on for the win.
"I wasn't very happy with the overall performance," said Hill. "I didn't think we had the same type of defensive effort that we normally do and certainly our offensive execution wasn't very good."
The Raptors held a 26-18 lead after the first 12 minutes before Orlando returned the favor in the second quarter, outscoring Toronto 26-18 to tie the game at 44-44 at the break.
Toronto opened the second half with six straight points and held a 65-60 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Anthony Parker and Joey Graham each had 11 points for the Raptors, while Radoslav Nesterovic finished with 7 points and a team-high 10 rebounds...Toronto hit 12-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter...The Raptors shot 47 percent from the floor, while Orlando shot just 37.6 percent...Hill ended the game with just three points.
12/13 23:41:20 ET