DeRozan scores 17 and Raptors beat Magic 93-90
Posted at: 12/21/2012 10:06 PM
By IAN HARRISON
(AP) TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists and the Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight game Friday night, beating the Orlando Magic 93-90.
Rookie Terrence Ross scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter while Alan Anderson, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson each had 10 for the Raptors.
Aaron Afflalo scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lost for the first time in five games. Gustavo Ayon had 12 points and 13 rebounds while E’Twaun Moore added 12.
A soaring putback dunk by Ross and a three-point play by DeRozan put Toronto up 78-68 with 9:35 to go. Orlando used a 6-0 run to cut it to 82-76 before Ross struck again, hitting a long 3, then stealing the ball from Jameer Nelson at midcourt and racing in for a windmill jam that put the Raptors up 87-76 with 5:55 remaining.
The Raptors led 91-80 after a pair of free throws by DeRozan with 4:13 left before suddenly going cold. Ayon had four points in a 10-0 Magic run capped by Nelson’s 3 with 55 seconds left, cutting it to 91-90.
DeRozan missed a layup but Amir Johnson was fouled after grabbing the rebound and made both free throws, giving Toronto a 93-90 lead with 42 seconds left.
Ross made another big play on the next possession by stealing the ball from Ayon after DeRozan had knocked it away. But Toronto couldn’t score at the other end, giving Orlando 10 seconds to try for the tying basket.
J.J. Redick missed a 3-pointer and Orlando couldn’t get another shot off before the buzzer, giving Toronto its first five-game winning streak since Jan. 22-31, 2010.
Toronto lost rookie center Jonas Valanciunas to a broken right ring finger at 7:31 of the first. Valanciunas grabbed his hand after battling for a loose ball under the Magic basket. He was slow to get back on defense, and left the court wincing in pain when he was replaced by Amir Johnson. Valanciunas was taken for X-rays, which revealed the fracture.
Drafted fifth overall in 2011, Valanciunas played in Lithuania last season before joining the Raptors. He came in averaging 8.1 points and 5.4 rebounds and had started all 28 games.
Orlando rookie Andrew Nicholson made his first career start in place of co-leading scorer Glen Davis, who’ll be sidelined four to six weeks after injuring his left shoulder in Wednesday’s victory over Washington.
Nicholson’s opening basket at 9:37 of the first was Orlando’s only lead of the game.
Toronto led 20-15 after one, the fewest points it has allowed in the first quarter this season.
Ross scored six points in the second but Afflalo had seven for the Magic, who cut it to 42-39 at the half.
DeRozan scored six points in the third, including a jumper during Toronto’s 7-0 run over the final 1:23 that gave the Raptors a 71-62 lead heading into the fourth.
NOTES: Toronto held its opponent below 100 points for a season-high seventh straight game. ... Toronto’s next game is Dec. 26 at San Antonio. ... Afflalo went 9 for 9 from the free throw line. ... Amir Johnson played for the first time since shaving the Raptors logo into the hair on the back of his head.
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