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Sunday, January 4th (All times eastern)

Orlando Magic (26-7) at Toronto Raptors (13-20), 12:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors conclude a three-game homestand Sunday by welcoming the Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic to Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors improved to 1-1 on the residency Friday when Andrea Bargnani finished with 19 points and six rebounds, as Toronto blew past the Houston Rockets, 94-73.

Chris Bosh also added 19 points for the Raptors, who lost guard Jose Calderon to a right hamstring strain in the second quarter.

Joey Graham contributed 10 points off the bench for Toronto, which snapped a three-game slide and improved to 6-9 as the host this season.

Calderon and big man Jermaine O'Neal, who has missed the team's last two games with a sore right knee, are both doubtful for today's contest.

The Magic, meanwhile, topped in-state rival Miami on Friday when Dwight Howard logged his ninth straight double- double against the Heat with 15 points and 15 rebounds in support of an 86-76 Orlando triumph over Miami, the 10th straight win for the Magic in the series.

Rashard Lewis scored 17 points and Jameer Nelson added 16 to go along with five assists for the Magic, who won for the ninth straight time at home and own a 14-3 record in Orlando this season.

Courtney Lee logged 28-plus minutes off the bench in adding 10 points to the cause for Orlando, which has also won nine of their last 10 games overall with six of the next eight tilts coming away from Amway Arena. The Magic are a gaudy 12-4 as the visitor on the year.

The Magic have won two straight over Toronto, including a 103-90 win earlier this season in Central Florida. Last season, Orlando won its first playoff series since the 1995-96 season by ousting the Raptors in five games during the first round of the postseason.

The Raptors have won seven of their last eight over the Magic in Toronto, however.

01/04 10:31:21 ET


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