Raptors 110, Magic 90
TORONTO (AP)—The Toronto Raptors enjoyed their most lopsided win of the season after the star player for the NBA’s worst team decided he couldn’t play.
Orlando’s Tracy McGrady missed the game because of back spasms. He is listed as day-to-day for the Magic, who have lost four straight.
McGrady woke up with spasms. It got worse when he stretched before the game.
“I just felt too much pain,” he said. “I couldn’t tolerate it. The best decision was for me to sit out.”
In the previous two seasons, back spasms have kept McGrady out of nine games.
“This is the first time it’s flared up on me all year. It’s bad timing because I definitely wanted to play tonight,” said McGrady, whose team has the worst record in the league (13-38).
The Raptors went 11-for-14 from behind the 3-point arc and led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter.
“A lead like that means everything to somebody like me,” Rose said. “You cherish the games where you can sit on the bench with ice on your knees in the fourth quarter.”
Marshall had 13 of his 22 first-half points in the second quarter as Toronto outscored Orlando 37-15. The Raptors scored a season-high 63 points in the first half and led by 20 at halftime—at that point the most points they’ve led by this season. Marshall’s 3-pointer and Alvin Williams’ jumper gave Toronto a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter.
“It feels real good to finally sit on the bench in the fourth quarter and watch everybody else play,” Marshall said.
Toronto’s Jerome Moiso, who has played little this season, had 12 rebounds and 10 points—his second straight double-double and the fourth of his career.
“If he continues to play like that he’s going to play,” Toronto coach Kevin O’Neill said.
Raptors rookie center Chris Bosh missed the game with a sprained left ankle and is listed as day-to-day.
Juwan Howard led Orlando with 22 points. McGrady is second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.1 points. He also is averaging 6.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
“Any time you can eliminate a weapon like Tracy McGrady it will give you more of an opportunity to win,” O’Neill said.
Toronto’s Morris Peterson made two straight 3-pointers, and Marshall converted a 3-point play and a layup as Toronto went on a 16-3 run early in the second quarter. The Raptors closed the half on a 11-0 run as Marshall scoredeight points.
The Raptors shot a season-high 53 percent, and came within one point of tying a season-high. … Williams returned after missing Tuesday’s game with a sprained right ankle. … Robert Archibald made his first NBA start, replacing Bosh at center. … McGrady spent three seasons in Toronto before leaving as afree agent. … Marshall’s previous season-high was 31 at Boston on Dec. 12.