Raptors defeat Magic 98-93

The five-second violation reared its ugly head again late in another Magic loss.

Maurice Harkless failed to inbound the ball for the Magic with the team trailing by three points and about eight seconds left. His call for timeout came just a split second too late. Orlando’s crazed second-half comeback, from as much as a 21-point deficit, fell short as the Magic left opportunities on the board and could not match the Raptors at the end.

DeMar DeRozan’s late 3-pointer seemingly gave the Raptors an insurmountable six-point lead. But Arron Afflalo cut it to three with a 3-pointer of his own and Kyle Lowry missed at the rim.

The Raptors flubbed around their opportunities after the costly Magic turnover but the Magic could not get the turnover. The Raptors finished the game at the foul line.

Nikola Vucevic finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jameer Nelson had 16 points and dished out five assists. Victor Oladipo also had 16 points. DeMar DeRozan finished with 28 for the Raptors.

Time Score Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Toronto Pace: 91.9 98 106.7 49.3 22.9 15.0 37.0
Orlando Final 93 105.5 60.1 21.4 20.2 20.3

The Magic got 12 points from Jameer Nelson in the third quarter, helping lead the Magic back from as much as a 21-point deficit. Orlando is not going away quietly as usual. It is just a very large hill to climb and the Raptors are playing exceptionally well.

A killer block from Dewayne Dedmon sparked the defense and showed Toronto that there would be some resistance in the paint. That has led to some hesitancy and the Magic have gone on the attack.

Nikola Vucevic scored 10 points on five-for-six shooting in the first quarter and finished the half with 18 points. He has 22 points and 10 rebounds through three quarters.

A nice scoring run from Steve Novak and Landry Fields early in the second quarter helped the Raptors take a comfortable lead as the Magic struggled to find a good offensive rhythm outside of Vucevic in the first half. That changed int he second half as Nelson and Arron Afflalo sought to attack and the team pushed the pace a bit more.

Orlando’s defense has really struggled, giving up 50 percent shooting in the first half. But the Raptors cooled off going 5 for 14 in the third quarter.