Bosh, Raptors down Magic
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh posted 28 points and nine
rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic, 111-108, at Amway
Orlando currently owns the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference, just 1 1/2 games behind No. 7 New Jersey and 1 1/2 games ahead of
Anthony Parker scored 20 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who
have won three of four. Joey Graham netted 19 points, while T.J. Ford added 16
points and eight assists.
Hedo Turkoglu had a career-high 37 points for the Magic, who have lost three
of four. Grant Hill netted 19 points and Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15
rebounds in the loss.
With Toronto clinging to a 109-108 lead in the final minute, Turkoglu missed
on a jumper and Bosh got fouled on the rebound. He converted both free throws
with 9.4 seconds on the clock. With Orlando trailing by three, Turkoglu got a
good look on a three-pointer from the right corner, but missed as Toronto
escaped with the win.
After Rasho Nesterovic’s jump shot 37 seconds into the game, Orlando assumed
immediate control on a 12-2 burst sparked by a Howard dunk 18 seconds later.
The Magic maintained it down the stretch and led 37-24 heading into the
Keyon Dooling scored on a runner 32 seconds into the second, but Toronto
answered with a 9-2 spurt finished by a Morris Peterson tip shot with 7:34
remaining to trail 41-33. The Raptors continued closing in on the Magic down
the stretch for a 57-52 halftime deficit.
The Raptors came out of the locker room on a 17-5 run to claim a 67-62 lead on
Graham’s three-pointer with 7:48 left, and neither team gained any ground
through the rest of the stanza for an 84-79 margin heading into the fourth.
The Magic got back into the game midway through the fourth on a 10-4 run and
Turkoglu’s three-pointer with 3:18 remaining knotted the score at 106.
Wednesday’s game between playoff-bound Toronto and Orlando was the fourth and
final matchup of the regular season. The Raptors swept the season series, and
have won six of seven and eight of the last 10 meetings…Toronto has won
three of its last four at Orlando.