Raptors 123, Magic 88By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Dec 29, 2012 9:30 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -- DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points as the Toronto Raptors blew out the injury-depleted Orlando Magic 123-88 Saturday night. It was the Raptors' third consecutive victory over the Magic, who have lost five straight since Glen Davis went out with a shoulder injury. Toronto (11-20) is now 6-1 in its last seven after posting its largest margin of victory on the season. Ed Davis contributed 18 points for Toronto, while Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross each added 16 and Jose Calderon 15. Alan Anderson scored 11. Orlando (12-18) was without starting point guard Jameer Nelson (hip) as well as E'Twaun Moore (elbow) but did get back Hedo Terkoglu for the first time since he broke his hand opening night. The Magic got as close as 76-65 on two Andrew Nicholson free throws with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter, but Toronto pushed its lead back to 87-71 after three periods and outscored the Magic 36-17 in the fourth. Toronto made nine of its first 10 3-pointers -- and was 10-for-14 for the half -- as it stormed out to a 67-47 halftime lead, scoring the most points in a half of any Orlando opponent so far this season. The Raptors led by 20 points on four separate occasions in the second period, the first at 49-29 on an Anderson 3-pointer with 7:29 remaining. Orlando got as close as 13, but Toronto rebuilt the lead to 20 when Calderon drained a 25-footer from the left corner with 8.7 seconds left in the half. Mickael Pietrus and Davis each scored nine points while DeRozan and Calderon had seven apiece as the Raptors shot 70 percent (14-for-20) from the field to pull away to a 36-21 lead after the first quarter. Toronto closed the period with a 20-2 run. Turkoglu entered the game with 5:08 remaining in the first period. He made his first basket on an easy layup after a backcourt steal but went scoreless until a third quarter free throw. He finished with eight points in 23 minutes Nicholson, a rookie, had a career-high 22 points for Orlando, while Arron Affalo scored 14 and Ish Smith 13. NOTES: Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said prior to Saturday's game that he hasn't been "authorized to limit" how many minutes Hedo Turkoglu would play in his first game back in the Orlando lineup since breaking his hand opening night. However, Vaughn did say he'd use his best judgment in determining Turkoglu's playing time. "We'll always be cautious," Vaughn said. "We want to see him play the remainder of the year. We'll be smart and judicious with the minutes we give and how we give them to him. Turk gives us another high IQ on the floor. He's a guy who has the ability to pass the ball and create shots for himself and others. You take for granted the simple things he does."
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