Magic Rally Against Raptors Falls Short
After trailing by 21 points in the 3rd period, the Orlando Magic lost 98-93 on Sunday to the Toronto Raptors. The Magic had the ball with 8.3 seconds remaining down 3 only to commit a 5-second inbounding violation as it appeared Maurice Harkless had requested a timeout in time only for Scott Foster to reward the Raptors with possession of the ball. You question why Kyle O’Quinn wasn’t the one inbounding the ball in the first place. Despite Toronto’s best efforts to hand Orlando the game, the Magic ran out of steam in the end.
Magic Coach Jacque Vaughn on free throw disparity: “I’m just going to say the referees were great throughout the game and I’m going to leave it at that.”
Free throws were the large difference in the end. 27 attempts to 14 in favor of Toronto with DeMar DeRozan alone shooting 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. You knew Toronto was all business when they spent their entire pregame introductions in a huddle. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and 10 rebounds. DeRozan had 28 points while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 20 points for Toronto.
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- Nik Vucevic followed up his 24-points, 23-rebound Friday performance with a 10-point, 3-rebound, 2-block first quarter. Vooch’s aggressiveness against Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas on both ends of the court set a solid tempo for the evening.
- Orlando trailed 22-27 after one quarter, despite Orlando shooting 11-of-18 (61.1%), because Toronto made 3-pointers and took advantage of their rebound opportunities.
- Greivis Vazquez took an elbow to his left cheek and needed 5 stitches to close up his gash. He’d finish with 5 points.
- It didn’t take long for enemies Andrew Nicholson and Tyler Hansbrough to get chippy with each other. Psycho T picked up a technical foul early in the 2nd after getting tangled up with ‘Drew. Nicholson ended up collecting 4 personal fouls in his 7 first half minutes battling Hansbrough. Andrew never returned to the game.
- Toronto used a 23-4 run to take a 44-26 lead midway through the 2nd period as the Magic appeared absolutely deflated.
- Orlando trailed 57-38 at halftime. Raptors shot 50%. Vucevic’s 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting was the only thing keeping the Magic relatively alive in the contest.
- The stat sheet won’t show it, but Dewayne Dedmon’s help defense fueled the comeback. His 15 minutes tonight were the most he’s ever played in a Magic uniform.
- Thanks to Vucevic picking up another double-double, and Jameer Nelson scoring 12 points of his 16 total in the 3rd period alone, the Magic went from down 21 to only trailing the Raptors by only 64-73 entering the final quarter.
- Orlando completed the comeback behind some Victor Oladipo 3-pointers to make the score 76-76 at the 9:13 mark of the fourth. Oladipo scored 12 of his sixteen points in the period. Victor picking up a technical late in the 3rd sparked him.
- The Magic then were tied at 80-80 after Dewayne Dedmon drilled a jumper. Orlando would never be tied again as Toronto made enough timely shots to prevail.
- I will point out that Nik Vucevic had one shot attempt in the 4th quarter, and that the Magic couldn’t recover once Dedmon got subbed out around the 5-minute mark of the fourth.
The 21-53 Magic, now 17-19 at Amway Center, get a few days to prepare to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to complete Orlando’s 4-game home stand.
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