Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Wednesday, December 13th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 7th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 21st
Game 4: Wednesday, April 4th

Raptors 91

(8-14, 3-11 away)

Magic 84

(15-9, 8-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 13, 2006

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 26 18 21 2691
    ORL 18 26 16 2484

    Top Performers

    Tor: A. Bargnani 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Blk

    Orl: C. Arroyo 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    Bargnani's solid game helps Raptors beat Magic

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Andrea Bargnani showed the Orlando Magic exactly why the Toronto Raptors selected him first overall in the

    The Italian rookie hit five 3-pointers, scored 23 points and had six rebounds to lead the Raptors to a convincing 91-84 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Magic on Wednesday night.

    Bargnani came into the game shooting 27.9 percent from 3-point range, but was 4-for-4 in the fourth quarter and finished 5-of-8. He helped make up for the absence of Chris Bosh, who missed his third straight game because of a bone bruise on his left knee.

    "Andrea got hot at the right moment and hit the big shots that saved us," said Raptors center Rasho Nesterovic, who had 10 rebounds and five blocks, both season highs. "It's tough to come in here from Europe as the No. 1 pick because a lot is expected, but give him time and he'll be one of the best players in the league."

    Bargnani hit three straight 3-pointers to start the fourth period and give the Raptors their biggest lead of the second half, 74-64. The Magic went on an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to 76-72 with 5:53 left in the game, but Bargnani killed the comeback with another 3-pointer, this one from two steps behind the line.

    "They were important shots," Bargnani said. "One day they go in, one day they go out. I'm still learning about this league."

    The Magic, meanwhile, are watching their hold on the Eastern Conference quickly slip away. They have lost four of five since returning from a successful West Coast trip and injuries are starting to cripple them.

    Starters Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu are out with injuries and Grant Hill played only 19 minutes before the tendinitis in his left knee flared up. He has been ruled out of Thursday night's game in Charlotte.

    Orlando got 22 points from Nelson's replacement, Carlos Arroyo, and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Dwight Howard. However, the Magic had only three assists against nine turnovers in the second half when they shot just 31.8 percent.

    "We had too many guys trying to win the game single-handedly instead of playing together like a team," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "We've got some injuries and the guys are probably tired, but that's the way it goes in this league. We've got to play better."

    Game NotesThe Magic were 12-4 in November, but are only 3-5 in December.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 84
    FGM-FGA 31-66 (.470) 32-85 (.376)
    3PM-3PA 7-17 (.412) 2-12 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 22-26 (.846) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-39 20-43
    Assists 14 10
    Turnovers 16 15
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 8 0
    Fast Break Points 17 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 0

    Top Performers

    Andrea Bargnani Bargnani
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Carlos Arroyo Arroyo
    Points: 22
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0