DeRozan scores 20 as Raptors beat Magic 97-86

Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm •  Published: November 18, 2012
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TORONTO (AP) — Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn is already getting tired of delivering the same postgame message: slow starts are making life miserable for the Magic.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the slumping Magic 97-86 on Sunday.

Orlando has trailed after the first quarter in seven games this season. Sunday was no exception, with the Raptors racing out to a 32-22 lead.

"There's no other way we're going to win if we're not prepared," Vaughn said. "If we're not ready to play at the start of the game and committed at the start of the game, not waiting till halftime and what happens after, then we won't have a chance."

The Magic are 2-5 when trailing after the first quarter.

"We have to set the tempo at the beginning of the game," said Glen Davis, who led the Magic with 16 points and 12 rebounds. "It takes us a while to get into the game. I don't know why we have to be down to get it going, but we've got to find it."

Andrea Bargnani had 17 points, Linas Kleiza scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth and Jose Calderon had a season-high 18 assists for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous seven home meetings with Orlando.

"Jose is a leader," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "I cannot say enough about how much I respect his game, his leadership and his heart."

E'Twuan Moore scored 16 points and Arron Afflalo had 15. Nikola Vucevic had 12 and six rebounds, ending his streak of three straight double-doubles.

Orlando snapped a five-game losing streak and picked up its first road victory of the season by beating Detroit on Friday, but failed to collect back-to-back wins for the first time since beating Denver and Phoenix in the first two games of the season.

"We had to play comeback basketball again," Vaughn said. "I was disappointed that we had to be fighting back into the game for a lead."

J.J. Redick, who led the Magic with a season-high 23 points Friday, did not play Sunday because of an illness, further depleting a Magic team that is already without long-term absentees Al Harrington (right knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (broken left hand). DeQuan Jones took Redick's place in the starting lineup.

"It affects us with scoring, ball movement and leadership," Vaughn said of Redick's absence. Redick will be evaluated before Monday's game at Atlanta.



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