NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 7th (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (25-24) at Toronto Raptors (25-23), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors try to win a season-high four straight games tonight when they play the middle portion of a three-game homestand against the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors were last in action on Sunday when they topped the Los Angeles Clippers, 122-110, to improve to 16-7 at home. Toronto All-Star Chris Bosh led the way with 27 points and seven rebounds.
Morris Peterson added 18 points, while Anthony Parker, Jorge Garbajosa and T.J. Ford scored 17 points apiece for the Raptors, who won three in a row for the third time this season. Toronto also extended its home winning streak to a season-high five games while winning for the sixth time in seven games overall.
The Raptors' winning burst has allowed them to open up a 3 1/2-game lead over New Jersey for the lead in the Atlantic Division.
Toronto wraps up its homestand Friday against the Lakers before playing its next two games on the road.
The Magic will play the second of two straight road games tonight, and dropped a 116-111 decision to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Dwight Howard notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Keith Bogans tallied 19 points and Hedo Turkoglu donated 18 points for Orlando, which has dropped five of seven and 10 of its last 13.
The loss also dropped the Magic to 9-14 on the road and four games back of Washington, which leads to the Southeast Division. Orlando sits seventh overall in the East.
The Magic return home on Friday to host the San Antonio Spurs.
Toronto has won five of the last seven meetings in the series and four in a row at home. Tonight's tilt is the second of four matchups this season with the Raptors claiming a road win over Orlando on December 13.
02/07 10:44:02 ET