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Lowry scores 28 and Raptors beat Magic 105-90

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — With their leading scorer stuck at home in Florida resting a sprained right ankle, the Orlando Magic slumped to their 15th straight road loss Sunday.

They'll be without Arron Afflalo again when they visit Washington on Tuesday, hoping to avoid matching a franchise record with a 16th straight road defeat.

Kyle Lowry scored 28 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the Raptors beat Orlando 105-90 Sunday night for their fifth win in six games.

The Magic have not won away from home since beating the Bulls in Chicago on Dec. 16. They are within one loss of matching the longest road skid in franchise history, 16 games between Jan. 27 and March 21, 2006.

"We need to get a win on the road," said Tobias Harris, who led Orlando with 28 points. "We just have to continue to work and fight for one."

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said snapping the lengthy slump will require mental strength.

"It's two things, it's focus and discipline, the discipline to continue to do the right thing over and over again," Vaughn said. "It's almost as if something's going to happen to me if I let my teammates down on this play, and you continue that mindset throughout the course of the game. No commas, no pauses in between, it's a run-on sentence. You just keep doing it over and over again."

For now, however, the only thing running on is Orlando's rotten road performances. The Magic trailed 44-41 at halftime in this one, but were outscored 36-24 in the third quarter and never challenged again.

"In the first half you could see a little bit more excitement, but when we got down it was tough," Harris said. "That's a game we could win. We didn't pull it out, but that's a winnable game for us."

Afflalo did not travel to Toronto after spraining his right ankle in Friday's 129-121 double-overtime victory over New York. Maurice Harkless started for Orlando.

Vaughn confirmed that Afflalo will not be available for Tuesday's game against the Wizards, but refused to say whether the veteran swingman might return for Wednesday's game at Philadelphia.

E'Twaun Moore had 16 points as the Magic opened a four game trip with their fourth loss in five games. Nikola Vucevic scored 11 points and Kyle O'Quinn had 10. "We've just got to stay consistent through the whole game," Moore said. "We've been playing in spurts on the road. We'll play good for a quarter, good for a couple of minutes. We've just got to put a full game together."

Jameer Nelson scored nine points to bring his career total to 8,019, moving past Shaquille O'Neal into fourth place on Orlando's career list.

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