"It's always been believable for me. We have to believe it now.
We've put ourselves in a tough situation, but it's not a farfetched
dream,'' said Carter, whose team improved to 16-35, the
second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors are 6-2 since Carter returned to the lineup after
missing 23 consecutive games with an injured right knee. They would
need to win 25 of their remaining 31 games to reach .500.
Tracy McGrady scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter
for the Magic, who went 0-3 on their three-game road trip.
After McGrady's 3-pointer cut Toronto's lead to 99-97 with 31
seconds left, Toronto's Morris Peterson missed a 3-pointer. The
Magic had a chance to tie or go for the win with 8 seconds left,
but Mike Miller didn't get his 3-point attempt off before the
"I was looking for the ball and it didn't get to me,'' McGrady
said. "You just have to find your playmaker in situations like
Carter added 12 points for the Raptors, who shot 52 percent from
the field compared to 41 percent for the Magic.
Carter's 3-pointer gave Toronto a 90-78 lead with 4:25 left, but
McGrady's three-point play, Pat Garrity's 3-pointer and McGrady's
free throw cut Toronto's lead to six with 2:21 left.
Williams followed with two free throws, but McGrady made a dunk.
Davis made two free throws before McGrady's jumper and Jacque
Vaughn's 3-pointer cut Toronto's lead to three with a 1:00 left.
Carter then tipped in his own miss, but McGrady followed with
his 3-pointer to cut the lead to two with 31 seconds remaining.
After Peterson missed his 3-pointer, the Magic could have called
a 20-second timeout, but Darrell Armstrong ran the ball up the
"He should have turned around and given it to Tracy,'' Orlando
coach Doc Rivers said. "The one thing you have to do is find the
best player in the league and get him the ball.''
McGrady, booed every time he touched the ball, also had 12
rebounds and eight assists. He has scored at least 30 points in 12
of his last 14 games.
The Magic, down by 15 at halftime, closed within five with a
14-4 run to start the second half. Peterson had five points and
Davis had four as the Raptors followed with a 9-2 run to take a
"We lost the game in the first half,'' Garrity said.
Davis and Williams each had 12 points as the Raptors led 53-38
Williams had six points during a 10-2 run late in the second
quarter. His jumper with 40 seconds left in the half gave Toronto a
15-point lead -- the Raptors' biggest of the game.
"Vince usually carries the load, but I think the team has been
doing a great job with different people stepping up,'' Williams
The Raptors will attempt to fly to Washington for Monday's
game against the Wizards despite the severe snowstorm in
Washington. ... The Magic have lost five straight road games. ...
Actress Susan Sarandon sat courtside. Sarandon also attended a
Maple Leafs game on Saturday night. ... Orlando's Shawn Kemp had
five points and three rebounds in his first game since being
suspended for violating the league's anti-drug program. ...