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DeRozan leads Raptors to win over Magic

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm •  Published: December 29, 2012
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Toronto had 33 assists and only eight turnovers while shooting 56.1 percent from the field. The resurgent Raptors have won seven of their last eight games.

"We weren't trying to run up the score, but our guys were making shots," Casey said. "We had 33 assists which meant we were moving the basketball around. We were playing the game the right way."

Toronto had its best offensive half of the season in the first two quarters, shooting a season-high 58.1 percent and scoring a season-best 67 points. The Raptors hit nine of their first 10 shots from beyond the 3-point line and 10 of 14 for the half.

Mickael Pietrus started the run with three 3-pointers in the first seven minutes, the last one tying the game at 19. Toronto finished the quarter on a 17-2 run, making its last seven shots, six layups and one 3-pointer.

The Raptors hit six more 3-pointers in the second, five of them by reserves Terrence Ross, Alan Anderson and Kyle Lowry. Calderon made the last of the 3s, stretching their lead to 67-47 when Calderon nailed one from behind the arc just before halftime.

The Magic did slow the Raptors down long enough in the third period to make it interesting for a short time. Nicholson outplayed fellow rookie Ed Davis for 14 points in the quarter. His two free throws with 5:16 left cut the Magic's deficit to 76-65, but that was as close as Orlando would get.

Alan Anderson stopped the Magic's rally with a layup and the Raptors closed out the quarter on an 11-6 run to take an 87-71 lead into the final period.

The Raptors scored at will in the fourth period, even when they emptied the bench. John Lucas and Quincy Acy played the last three minutes of the game, with Lucas hitting a 3-pointer and Acy a dunk.

NOTES: Toronto had only eight turnovers, the fourth time in the last five games the Raptors have been in single-digits in turnovers. ... The Raptors reserves outscored the Magic bench 60-31. ... Hedo Turkoglu, playing for the first time since injuring his hand in the season opener, scored eight points and had five rebounds for Orlando.