Raptors 92, Magic 90

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—The Toronto Raptors have clearly established two things this season: They don’t mind playing on the road and they are not afraid to shoot 3-pointers.

The Raptors were 9-of-16 from behind the arc, including Morris Peterson’s clinching 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in a 92-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

It was only the fifth win in 25 games this season for the Raptors, and four of them have come on the road. Toronto is 4-1 on the road in December.

“I guess we have the attitude that we’re in unfamiliar territory and we have no one but ourselves, so we stick together,” said point guard Mike James, one of five Toronto players in double figures with 13 points.

Peterson and Chris Bosh each scored 19 points for Toronto, which snapped a three-game losing streak. James made a 3-pointer that gave the Raptors the lead for good with 1:16 remaining.

Steve Francis scored 20 points and Jameer Nelson added 14 as the Magic lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Francis’ layup put the Magic up 86-84 with 1:31 left in the game, but James answered with his 3-pointer. Jalen Rose followed with a 15-footer to give the Raptors an 89-86 lead with 46 seconds to play.

Tony Battie, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, made a 20-footer to draw the Magic within 89-88 with 32 seconds left, but Toronto ran the shot clock down before Peterson’s 3-pointer from the corner as the clock expired.

“That’s my bread-and-butter spot,” Peterson said. “If you get an open look like that in this league, you’ve got to knock down the shot and we were knocking them down tonight.”

The Raptors drew the play up in a timeout huddle with only 2 seconds left on the shot clock and 10 seconds on the game clock.

“With 2 seconds left you just try to get your best look and Jalen made a great pass to Mo,” Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.

Orlando shot 65 percent in the first quarter scored 15 straight points in the middle of the period to go up 21-9, but the offense sputtered the rest of the night.

“This is a bad loss for us,” Magic coach Brian Hill said. “We’ve got to get out of this habit of taking two steps forward and one step back before we can start moving forward again. We lost defensive discipline on the last play of the game and I didn’t like the way we played offensively all night.”

The Raptors cut the deficit to 46-44 by halftime behind 10 second-period points by Rose.

Toronto went ahead 54-53 on a 3-pointer by rookie Joey Graham with 8:28 left in the third quarter. The Raptors pushed the lead to 77-72 on another 3-pointer, this one by Rose, with 10:17 left in the game.

The Magic dropped to 5-7 at home this season.

“I don’t think it was the worst loss of the season because we played good for periods at a time,” Francis said. “But they hit a lot of big shots late in the game and we weren’t able to answer.”


Second-year forward Bosh has led Toronto in scoring 14 straight games. … Howard is the only Magic player to grab 10 or more rebounds in a game this season. He has done it 17 times. … Rose had scored only six points in his last three games.

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