Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Wednesday, December 1st
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Magic129
Game 2: Monday, January 3rd
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Raptors105
Game 3: Wednesday, March 9th
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Raptors106
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th
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Magic108

Raptors 108

(7-10, 2-8 away)

Magic 129

(9-5, 6-2 home)

7:00 PM ET, December 1, 2004

Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 34 26 15 33108
ORL 34 34 34 27129

Top Performers

Toronto: V. Carter 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Orlando: D. Howard 15 Pts, 20 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Eight Magic players score in double figures

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Scoring 129 points means a win almost every time, but Kelvin Cato wants the Orlando Magic to realize that giving up 108 will get them beat more often than not.

A bad half of defense will be overshadowed by Orlando posting the NBA's highest-scoring game of the season against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Fans will look at the box score and see eight players in double figures for only the second time in franchise history, another NBA season high in 51 field goals and the 61-32 rebounding advantage.

Later Wednesday, Seattle tied Orlando's scoring output in a 129-119 overtime victory over Utah.

Cato would like his teammates to choke on the Raptors' first-half numbers: 60 points on 51.1 percent shooting.

"You need 22-point quarters and 15-point quarters," Cato said. "That's how you win ballgames. Offense is great, but you can't outscore everybody."

Added Steve Francis, whose 23 points led Orlando: "Everybody contributed on the offensive end, but we still gave up too many points."

Yet Cato had to concede these warnings would ring a little hollow on a night like this.

"We made shots," said Cato, who had his second straight double-double with 12 points and a season-best 14 rebounds. "That's all that matters."

In Monday's loss to Boston, Francis and Grant Hill combined to shoot 10-of-30 for 25 points. Against Toronto, they had 40 points on 14-for-25 shooting.

"We came out with more intensity tonight," said Hill, who scored 17. "We were serious in here before the game."

Cuttino Mobley, sidelined the previous nine games with a groin strain, scored 16.

"I've never sat out before, so it hurt," Mobley said. "But to keep mentally involved, I got on Grant's nerves, Steve's nerves and everybody else's nerves. Yeah, refs, too."

Dwight Howard had 15 points and a season-high 20 rebounds. It was the most rebounds by a rookie since Amare Stoudemire's 21 on Nov. 10, 2002, and the most by an Orlando player since Ben Wallace grabbed 20 on April 14, 2000.

"I'm happy, but I'm not satisfied -- it's too early in the season," said Howard, who had his third straight double-double. "I would love to get 20 rebounds in a close game, instead of a game that was out of reach for the other team."

Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points, DeShawn Stevenson 13 and Jameer Nelson 10.

Said Orlando coach Johnny Davis: "We shot the ball very well, we moved the ball very well and just played a good, solid game."

What Orlando did very well, Toronto did not. After a half that saw the Raptors trailing by just eight, they missed 17 of 22 shots for a 15-point third quarter and trailed by 38, 123-85, midway through the fourth.

"We were a step behind all night," said Vince Carter, Toronto's leading scorer with 21. "Rebounding, of course. Loose balls, transition -- everything."

This was game No. 2 of Toronto's second six-game road trip of the season. The Raptors went 1-5 on a trip through six Western Conference cities Nov. 9-17.

"How did we get so blessed to get this type of schedule, I have no idea," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "It wasn't the man upstairs who gave us this schedule; it was the man below."

Game notes


Before the game, Orlando placed forward Pat Garrity on the injured list with a sprained left foot. To fill the roster spot, forward Stacy Augmon was activated. Augmon was scoreless, missing two shots. ... Over the last eight games, since the beginning of the 2002-03 season, the teams have alternated wins.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOR
ORL
Points 108 129
FGM-FGA 38-89 (.427) 51-89 (.573)
3PM-3PA 8-19 (.421) 6-14 (.429)
FTM-FTA 24-32 (.750) 21-28 (.750)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-32 14-61
Assists 20 28
Turnovers 12 18
Steals 12 6
Blocks 4 7
Fast Break Points 28 28
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 29 (0/1)

Top Performers

Toronto
Orlando
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 21
Reb: 3
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 1
Dwight Howard Howard
Points: 15
Reb: 20
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 2