The Orlando Magic had a chance to tie things late, but J.J. Redick's 3-pointer with just seconds remaining was wide of the mark, allowing the Toronto Raptors to escape with a 93-90 victory over the Magic on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.
"It felt good when it left my hand," Redick said of his late miss. "I had a direct line, I was square to the basket. I just back-rimmed it."
The Raptors (9-19), who led for almost the entire game, got 17 points and eight rebounds from leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, 13 points and nine assists from Jose Calderon, 13 points from rookie Terrence Ross, and 10 points apiece from Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, and Alan Anderson, with Johnson and Davis adding seven rebounds and six rebounds, respectively.
Arron Afflalo was hot all night for Orlando (12-14), scoring 26 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range, while knocking down all nine of his free throw attempts. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Gustavo Ayon notched 12 points and 13 boards, and E'Twaun Moore added 12 points. Jameer Nelson and Redick had nine points each, with Nelson also tallying a team-high seven assists.
Orlando outshot Toronto 35 of 70 (50.0%) to 33 of 81 (40.7%) from the field, but the Raptors made 8 of 19 (42.1%) shots from downtown compared to 4 of 14 (28.6%) for the Magic. The visitors pounded Toronto on the glass, outrebounding them 45-32 and holding a 46-28 edge on points in the paint, but the Raptors turned the Magic over 18 times, including 13 via steals, en route to 17 points.
Toronto led 20-15 after the first quarter and 42-39 at the half. At the end of the third frame, the Raptors were up 71-62.
Orlando was without leading scorer Glen Davis, who will miss four to six weeks with a separated left shoulder. Rookie Andrew Nicholson made his first career start in Davis' place, totaling six points and four rebounds in 20 minutes.
"We were trying to be aggressive and did some different things offensively," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "They did a good job of trapping our pick-and-roll at times."
Orlando hosts Utah on Sunday at 6:00 pm on FS Florida.
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