Raptors 98, Magic 83
TORONTO -- Guard Kyle Lowry scored a season-best 33 points and added 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 98-83 Wednesday for their second win in a row.
Forward Amir Johnson added 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Raptors (24-21). Center Jonas Valanciunas contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds, and guard/forward Terrence Ross scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Center Nikola Vucevic, who was returning from a concussion, scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for the Magic, who lost their third game in a row and their 10th straight on the road. Guard Jameer Nelson added 13 points for Orlando (12-35). Forward Victor Oladipo chipped in with 12 points, forward Arron Afflalo scored 10, and forward Tobias Harris grabbed 11 rebounds and scored nine points.
The Raptors maintained their 15-point halftime lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Magic reduced the margin to 11 when forward Kyle O'Quinn made a jumper. The Raptors came back to lead by 18 with 2:34 left in the game after Valanciunas made a dunk and a layup.
Toronto led 55-40 at intermission, but Nelson's 3-pointer cut the lead to eight with 7:20 left in the third quarter. Johnson pushed the advantage back to 15 after he scored on a running layup and then completed an alley-oop dunk from Lowry's pass. Ross had an alley-oop dunk and Lowry added a turnaround fadeaway jumper to extend Toronto's lead to 19. The Raptors were on top 80-65 after three quarters.
Forward Steve Novak hit two consecutive 3-pointers to bump Toronto's lead to 15 points with 6:37 to play in the second quarter. The Raptors held that margin at the half after Vucevic closed the second quarter with two free throws. Lowry had 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the first half.
Lowry scored 17 first-quarter points, going 5-for-5 on 3-point attempts. He also had four assists as the Raptors led 33-20 after a quarter in which they led by as many as 14. The Raptors were 8-for-8 from 3-point range in the quarter. The eight 3-pointers equaled a franchise record for a quarter, a mark set in 2009.
NOTES: Magic C Nikola Vucevic (concussion) started Wednesday after missing 12 games from Jan. 8-28. ...Toronto F Patrick Patterson did not play Wednesday after having a procedure to reset his broken nose, but F Tyler Hansbrough (left ankle bone bruise) was in uniform after missing 14 games. Hansbrough played six scoreless minutes. ... Raptors G DeMar DeRozan (left foot sprain) missed his second consecutive game since being injured during Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. DeRozan will accompany the team on its Western trip that begins Friday in Denver. ... Toronto C Jonas Valanciunas and Orlando G Victor Oladipo were selected to participate in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 14 during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. Each team will consist of a combined nine rookies and sophomores.
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