Notebook: Raptors 97, Magic 95

Posted Jan 24, 2013 11:30 PM

Dick Scanlon, for

THE FACTS: DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, including a fadeaway 22-footer at the buzzer, to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 97-95 victory over the Orlando Magic.

DeRozan's game-winning shot kept the Raptors from going into overtime for the fourth time in five games and completed a four-game season sweep of the Magic, who have lost 15 of their last 17 games.

After leading for most of the game, the Raptors found themselves tied at 95-95 when E'Twaun Moore scored on an offensive rebound for the Magic with 20.9 seconds left. Toronto set up a play for DeRozan, but the Magic defense forced him toward the corner where he launched a shot over Glen Davis.

Nik Vucevic led six Magic scorers in double figures with 19 points and also took down a game-high 14 rebounds.

Amir Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto.

QUOTABLE: "It seems like we are always in that situation every night. We just learn from it, and we have to be patient and stay focused."
-- DeRozan.

QUOTABLE II: "I was actually guarding him. They set a screen, we switched it. I figured he didn't have enough time to pass so the shot was the play . . . Both teams made good plays down the stretch. They just got the last one."
-- Magic forward Arron Afflalo.

THE STAT: When opponents commit 10 or fewer turnovers against them, the Magic are 1-15. The Raptors committed 10.

TURNING POINT: Jameer Nelson's layup with 5:25 remaining had given the Magic their only lead of the second half, 84-83. But after a timeout, Alan Anderson regained the lead for the Raptors with an easy layup and Terrence Ross followed with a long jumper.

HOT: DeRozan made 7-of-8 shots in the fourth quarter on six jump shots and a dunk.

NOT: Nelson, who had 14 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals, shot only 5-for-13 and Redick shot 4-for-11.

QUOTABLE III: "I just think the basketball gods are against us right now. They've turned their backs on us. We need to get back on their good graces."
-- Redick.

GOOD MOVE: During their final timeout with 4.3 seconds left, the Raptors decided to go with their hot hand -- DeRozan.

BAD MOVE: With the Raptors up by four, Ross left J.J. Redick open for a 3-pointer, then fouled Redick on the shot. The four-point play tied the game with 53.1 seconds left.

IN THE ARENA: British golfer and Ryder Cup champion Ian Poulter attended the game with his son.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: In his seven starts for the Raptors, the 6-foot-9 Johnson averages 17 points and 9.1 rebounds.

ROOKIE WATCH: Ross came off the Toronto bench for 10 points in 23 1/2 minutes . . . Magic rookies Mo Harkless and Andrew Nicholson produced two points in a combined 20 minutes. They came on a spectacular dunk by Harkless.

NOTABLE: The Magic have lost eight straight against losing teams . . . If DeRozan's final shot had missed, the Raptors would have gone into overtime for the fourth time in nine days.

UP NEXT: For the Raptors: Saturday vs. Cleveland, Monday vs. Golden State, Wednesday @ Atlanta. For the Magic: Sunday vs. Detroit, Monday @ Brooklyn, Wednesday @ New York.