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.
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
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
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
"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
A little more than a minute later, Davis and Horace Grant were
hit with double fouls as they battled for position in the paint.
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.
Kevin Love is now 4-for-4 after draining a 3-pointer from the corner.
J.R. Smith drains a 3-pointer from deep in the first quarter against the Raptors.
Bismack Biyombo drains a jumper early in the first quarter against the Cavs.