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News » Magic too much for Raptors

Magic too much for Raptors

Magic too much for Raptors This wasn't quite the reception Hedo Turkoglu had hoped the Toronto Raptors would give his old friends and former Orlando teammates.

Jameer Nelson scored 30 points, while J.J. Redick added a career-high 27 to lead the Magic to a 125-116 win Sunday over Toronto, Turkoglu's first game against his former team since the July trade that landed him in a Raptors jersey.

"It was good to see them but I wanted a different way to send them home," said Turkoglu, who helped the Magic to the NBA finals last season.

Chris Bosh had 35 points and 16 rebounds to top Toronto (1-2), while Andrea Bargnani finished with 26 points. Turkoglu, the key piece of a four-team, eight player trade in the off-season, added 19 points, and Jose Calderon finished with 10.

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic (3-0), who were playing without former Raptors star Vince Carter. Ryan Anderson finished with 20 points, while Matt Barnes had 12 points, nine boards and six steals.

The Magic had the hot hand from long-range all afternoon, draining seven three-pointers in a first-quarter barrage en route to 17 in the game.

"If they're makings threes, we can switch up the game plan, but they had a lot of wide-open threes and that's what killed us," Bosh said. "I think it's just doing things with more energy and more aggression. We came out flat, we let them hit us first, and they hit a couple of threes. Next thing I know they're feeding it into Dwight, and then they get layups."

Last year's Eastern Conference champs led from early in the first quarter and were ahead by as much as 22 points midway through the second and barely looked back.

"It's a good lesson for us to learn," Turkoglu said. "We should have jumped on them early, we didn't want to be chasing at home in front of our fans. We have to learn from these games, especially being a young team."

Orlando took an 81-68 lead into the fourth quarter in front of 18,147 fans at the Air Canada Centre when the Raptors finally showed signs of life. A driving layup by Turkoglu, followed by a dunk by Bosh cut the deficit to four points with 5:27 to go. Bargnani, who had just four points in the first half, had a strong finish, his back-to-back baskets pulling the Raptors to within 115-111 with 4:05 to play.

But Anderson responded with a dunk followed by a Howard layup and Orlando was back up by eight with 2:26 to go, pulling away over the final two minutes.

"What we said before that game was the tendency tends to be when you are missing people, people try to do too much and we said you have to play your own game," said Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy. "You can't play Vince's game or anything else but you have to play your game at a very high level and those guys did."

There were some heated moments late in the fourth between Bosh and Howard, good friends off the court. Bosh grabbed the hulking Orlando centre around the neck in a battle under the hoop, and Howard was clearly not pleased as the two hollered at each other.

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Added: November 2, 2009


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