ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 30 (AP) --
For more than a year, the Orlando Magic wondered what it would be like when Tracy McGrady
and Grant Hill
worked in sync. They finally got their answer.
Carter's Raptors couldn't keep up with McGrady's Magic.
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McGrady had 23 points and Hill scored half of his 22 points in the decisive third quarter Tuesday night as Orlando beat the Toronto Raptors 114-85 in the season opener for both teams.
Darrell Armstrong added 16 for Orlando, which posted its largest margin of victory in a season debut.
Toronto was led by Chris Childs' 13 points. Keon Clark had 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Raptors almost lost more than the game, as All-Star guard Vince Carter hurt his left knee late in the second quarter. However, Carter briefly returned in the second half before sitting down when the deficit reached 21 points.
Carter had 11 points in 23 minutes. He shot only 2-for-14 from the field, but made all seven foul shots.
"He's going to be fine," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said.
The Magic had high hopes before last season when they signed McGrady and Hill to seven-year, $93-million contracts.
But Hill's surgically repaired left ankle gave out after only four games, and the dream was deferred until this season. Even then, an injury-riddled preseason kept Orlando from unleashing its potential.
That potential was realized in the third quarter, as Orlando outscored Toronto 31-15 en route to a 24-point lead. Along with Hill's 11 points and three assists, McGrady added nine points.
"We're still learning each other," Hill said. "But I thought, all in all, it was a good first game against a quality team at home and we're going to build on it."
Hill and Armstrong each had five points during a 13-1 run as the Magic took a 74-51 lead midway through the quarter. The Raptors never got closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
Orlando shot 12-for-17 (71 percent) in the period while Toronto missed 10 of 13 shots and committed eight turnovers.
What really impressed Orlando coach Doc Rivers was the way his superstars made Carter work on both ends of the floor when he returned to the game.
"It's a cruel game because when Vince came back, our team was not going to let him rest," Rivers said. "You could see he was limping and I think our guys took advantage of it, and that it what you have to do."
The Magic eventually pushed their lead to 31 points with a minute remaining.
Carter's injury occurred when he banged his knee against Orlando forward Horace Grant's knee as he drove the lane from the left wing. As Carter fell backward, he passed the ball to Morris Peterson, who sank a 3-pointer as Toronto closed within 49-41 with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter.
Carter, in obvious pain, remained on the floor for several minutes and then was escorted to the locker room.
Wilkens was most displeased that his team lost its focus when Carter hit the floor.
"Their minds disappeared for a minute or two, and that's not good," Wilkens said. "The die was cast early when we didn't come out mentally the way I thought we should've."
Carter, wearing a knee band, returned a few minutes into the second half, checking in at 9:53 of the third quarter with the Raptors down 12 points. He left less than four minutes later, with Toronto trailing 72-51.
A Toronto spokesman said Carter sustained a contusion to his left knee, and his condition was day-to-day. Carter planned to play at Miami on Wednesday night.
"I'm going to have to give it a go," he said.
There was no clear winner in the battle of aged centers, as Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon fought to a near draw.
Ewing, who Rivers announced after the preseason would be coming off the bench, had 12 points and eight rebounds. In his first appearance, he had eight points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.
Olajuwon finished with 11 points and four rebounds, playing only four minutes after halftime.
Orlando scored 18 points in the first six minutes, finally showing the promise that was masked by an injury-riddled preseason. The Magic made 10 of their first 13 shots and built a 27-14 lead.
Toronto, meanwhile, missed 12 of its first 15 attempts. The Raptors trailed 31-22 after scoring the last four points of the period.
"They got off to a great start and we were very reactive after that, and I don't think you can play reactive basketball," Wilkens said.
Notes: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attended the game, and sat with Magic owner Rich DeVos. The governor's presence echoed the appearance of his older brother, President George W. Bush, at New York's Yankee Stadium for the third game of the World Series. ... Orlando improved its record in season openers to 7-6. Toronto fell to 2-5. ... The announced attendance was 16,088, more than 1,100 short of a sellout. Orlando hasn't sold out a home opener in three seasons. ... Orlando has defeated Toronto 15 times in 22 games.