ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Vince Carter didn't take it easy on his
Carter had 20 points and the Toronto Raptors held off a furious
fourth-quarter rally by Orlando to hand the Magic their 15th
consecutive loss, 87-86 Friday night.
Carter's biggest shot was a fallaway jumper over cousin Tracy
McGrady with 12.5 seconds left that put the Raptors up for good.
"That's the way battles, especially family battles, go,"
Carter said. "He's not taking it easy on me, I'm not taking it
easy on him. That's what makes it so special and fun to watch."
Toronto appeared to be in control when it was up 79-66 in the
fourth quarter, but the Magic went on a 16-2 run and took an 82-81
lead on a pair of free throws by McGrady with 59 seconds remaining.
Following a field goal by Toronto's Alvin Williams, McGrady
banked in a 17-footer to give Orlando an 84-83 lead with 27.3
seconds left. But Carter then hit his jumper to put the Raptors
ahead for good.
"It was just two great players going out there and competing,"
McGrady said. "He hit some shots and I hit some shots, but he hit
the one that really counted. It doesn't surprise me. He thrives off
situations like this."
Tyronn Lue missed a shot that would have put Orlando ahead with
4.9 seconds and Alvin Williams hit two free throws to give Toronto
a three-point lead.
Gordon Giricek made two free throws for the Magic with 1.4
seconds left to make it 87-86 but Orlando never got another shot
McGrady led the Magic with 31 points, including 18 in the fourth
quarter. Juwan Howard added 20.
Toronto got 16 points from Chris Bosh and 15 each from Antonio
Davis and Alvin Williams.
Toronto maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth
quarter until McGrady hit a 3-pointer with 4:14 remaining in the
game to cut the Raptors' lead to 79-71.
"We, once again, did not quit on the game," Orlando coach
Johnny Davis said. "But we had a stretch there, and we've talked
about it repeatedly, where we cannot allow teams to put us in the
hole eight, 10, 12, 13 points down and then try to make a charge in
the fourth quarter. It puts too much stress on you as a team
because now you have to play absolutely perfect basketball."
The Magic, who have dropped all nine home games this season,
have not won in Orlando since an April 27 playoff game against
Toronto outscored Orlando 27-18 in the third quarter to take
control of the game.
Orlando added Paul Westhead as an assistant coach on
Friday. Westhead arrived in Orlando before the opening tip and was
introduced to the team after the game. The former Lakers, Bulls and
Nuggets coach came to Orlando via the ABA's Long Beach Jam. ...
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for a double technical in the third. While Harvey was shooting a
free throw, Murray was called for a second technical and ejected.
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