Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Tuesday, October 30th
Game 2: Sunday, January 27th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 27th
Game 4: Sunday, March 10th

Raptors 79

(30-35, 14-19 away)

Magic 92

(33-30, 19-10 home)

    12:30 PM ET, March 10, 2002

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 18 26 21 1479
    ORL 24 25 28 1592

    Top Performers

    Tor: A. Davis 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Orl: P. Garrity 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    With Carter injured, Magic take advantage

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic aren't known as defensive stoppers, but they sure looked the part against the struggling Toronto Raptors.

    Tracy McGrady had 22 points, and Orlando held Toronto to 14 fourth-quarter points as the Magic won 92-79 Sunday -- sending the Raptors to their 14th loss in 15 games.

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady tries to get around Vince Carter with little success. McGrady missed 17 of 24 shots in the Magic's win.

    Pat Garrity added 15 points, 11 in the third quarter, and seven rebounds for the Magic.

    Toronto shot 37.6 percent, including 2-for-13 from 3-point range. Orlando, among the league's worst defensive teams, hadn't surrendered fewer points since beating Detroit 87-78 Dec. 28.

    The Magic entered allowing 99.1 points per game. Only Dallas and Golden State yield more.

    "Every single player on the field gave everything, and they gave it on the defensive end, which is impressive," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said.

    The Magic's defense compensated for a below-average offense. McGrady, who scored a career-high 50 points against Washington on Friday, shot just 7-for-24 with six first-half turnovers.

    "It was a good team win," McGrady said. "A couple of us didn't shoot the ball extremely well, but defensively, we've turned it up."

    Vince Carter had 16 points on 6-for 18 shooting to lead the Raptors. He missed most of the third quarter after Garrity accidentally elbowed him in the head.

    Antonio Davis added 15 points and 12 rebounds, but shot 5-for-15.

    Toronto, which couldn't gain any momentum after snapping its 13-game losing streak Friday in Miami, can blame another fourth-quarter flameout for yet another loss.

    The Raptors shot 4-for-20 in the period, and were held without a field goal for a 7:09 span. Carter missed all five of his shots, and Hakeem Olajuwon went 0-for-3 to cap off a two-point, 1-for-8 game.

    "We have to keep executing on offense and keep making it happen," Carter said. "We have to will our way to win."

    The Raptors' fade was reminiscent of their home loss to Orlando on Feb. 27, when they went scoreless for the final 4:58.

    During the Raptors' losing streak, they shot 42 percent while averaging 20 points in the fourth quarter.

    Garrity had been reduced to the role of bystander during McGrady's outburst on Friday, scoring only nine points. And it looked like more of the same against Toronto, as he only had four first-half points on two shots.

    But during the third quarter, Garrity hit all three of his shots and made four free throws. His only 3-pointer of the game didn't just put the Magic ahead 58-52, but also sidelined Carter, as Garrity's elbow struck him in the face.

    After Carter sat down, the Raptors twice rallied within a point. But McGrady sparked a 9-0 run with a layup and 3-pointer to give Orlando a 71-61 lead with 2:56 left in the quarter.

    "We suffered a little letdown when Vince went out," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "It just kind of took something away from us. He's been playing good for us, and he went out. They jumped right on it."

    From there, Toronto could climb no closer than eight points.

    The game took on a physical tone late in the first half. Carter and Orlando's Andrew DeClercq were called for double technicals with 4:26 before halftime as they began jawing after Carter's hard foul.

    A little more than a minute later, Davis and Horace Grant were hit with double fouls as they battled for position in the paint.

    Game notes

    Before the game, Orlando placed guard Mike Miller on the injured list. Miller is expected to miss three weeks with a sprained left ankle. The team didn't make any immediate move to replace him on the roster. ... Toronto ranks second in the league in offensive rebounds per game (13.9), but 27th on the defensive end (28.4). ... Toronto is holding opponents to 92.4 points per game, best in team history.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 92
    FGM-FGA 32-85 (.376) 33-73 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 2-13 (.154) 5-21 (.238)
    FTM-FTA 13-16 (.813) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-40 11-44
    Assists 18 17
    Turnovers 16 18
    Steals 11 5
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Antonio Davis Davis
    Points: 15
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Pat Garrity Garrity
    Points: 15
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0