TORONTO (AP) — After losing one rookie to a first-quarter injury, the Toronto Raptors kept their winning streak alive when another rookie came up big in the fourth quarter.
Terrence Ross scored seven of his 13 points in the final quarter, four of them on a pair of high-flying dunks, and the Raptors won their fifth straight game Friday night, beating the Orlando Magic 93-90.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey praised Ross for his efforts at both ends of the court.
"He's playing well," Casey said. "He's earning every second he's on the floor, mainly on the defensive end. He got some key rebounds, some tough rebounds in traffic.
"We're not developing Terrence Ross, he's earning every minute of it," Casey went on. "If he wasn't, he wouldn't be out there."
Orlando's J.J. Redick, who missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, was also impressed with Ross.
"He shot the ball well, he made a couple of athletic plays that were just next-level," Redick said. "Defensively, he was great. With his length and athleticism, he should be a good defender."
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points while Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists for Toronto. Alan Anderson, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson each had 10.
Toronto lost rookie center Jonas Valanciunas to a broken right ring finger at 7:31 of the first. Valanciunas grabbed his hand after battling for a loose ball under the Magic basket. He was slow to get back on defense, and left the court wincing in pain when he was replaced by Amir Johnson. Valanciunas was taken for X-rays, which revealed the fracture.
"Very unfortunate," Casey said. "He's growing every time he walks on the floor."
Arron Afflalo scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lost for the first time in five games. Gustavo Ayon had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season while E'Twaun Moore added 12.
A soaring putback dunk by Ross and a three-point play by DeRozan put Toronto up 78-68 with 9:35 to go. Orlando used a 6-0 run to cut it to 82-76 before Ross struck again, hitting a long 3, then stealing the ball from Jameer Nelson at midcourt and racing in for a windmill jam that put the Raptors up 87-76 with 5:55 remaining.
"That's one of the most vicious dunks I've seen from Terrence Ross," Casey said.
The Raptors led 91-80 after a pair of free throws by DeRozan with 4:13 left before going cold. Ayon had four points in a 10-0 Magic run capped by Nelson's 3 with 55 seconds left, cutting it to 91-90.
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