TORONTO, Jan. 27 (Ticker)
-- Vince Carter
and the Toronto Raptors started hot. Old friend Tracy McGrady
and the Orlando Magic did not.
Carter scored 15 of his 32 points in the first quarter and the Raptors raced to a big lead and cruised to a 106-97 victory over the Magic, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
In the opening quarter, Toronto shot a blistering 68 percent (15-of-22) from the field en route to a 34-16 lead. Carter led the way, making 6-of-8 shots.
"My shots were falling and it's a good feeling to get it started that way," Carter said. "I think the team fed off the energy. That's what it's all about, jumping on teams early and getting everyone involved."
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Vince Carter and Raptors outran Tracy McGrady and the Magic from the get-go.
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Meanwhile, McGrady made just 1-of-4 shots and committed three turnovers as he was booed by the sellout crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre every times he touched the ball.
Already distant cousins, Carter and McGrady were teammates in Toronto from 1998-2000 before McGrady left as a free agent and signed with Orlando. He has blossomed into an All-Star and had 27 points and 10 rebounds in this one.
"I hear them and I laugh at them but I understand why they are booing," McGrady said. "My first year (back) I fed off the boos, but I love coming back here. It's a playoff atmosphere, the crowd booing, I love that because it's a good boo, because I know they all want me here."
"That's going to be a great rivalry for a long time because we are family and we both want to win so badly," Carter said. Keon Clark
came on for an injured Hakeem Olajuwon
and scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who have put together two convincing wins following a three-game slide.
"It's what we have been pushing and playing for and now we know that we can play competitively with anyone," said Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens, whose team beat Minnesota on Friday.
McGrady's only basket of the first quarter pulled Orlando within 9-6 just over two minutes into the contest. Toronto responded with a 16-2 surge to take control for good.
Olajuwon began it with a layup and scored six points in the run before leaving with a swollen right knee. Carter contributed eight points and a basket by Jerome Williams
-- who blanketed McGrady early -- gave the Raptors a 25-8 lead with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
"He was able to harass him and be in his face and he had the confidence that the other guys will be there to help him out," said Carter, the leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting.
"I started off a little soft," McGrady admitted. "I tried to feel him out, but it's not often I face someone as energized as Jerome."
A three-point play by Chris Childs
gave Toronto its largest lead at 46-22 with 7:02 left in the second quarter. Orlando ran off eight straight points and were within 61-46 at halftime.
"I think the atmosphere really affected us tonight," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "Our guys came out conservative. They never played with any aggression."
An alley-oop dunk and two free throws by McGrady cut the deficit to 69-60 with 4:15 left in the third quarter. But Carter had a layup and dunks by Antonio Davis
and Williams rebuilt the lead to 75-60 just 96 seconds later.
Clark made sure Orlando got no closer than nine points the rest of the way with his big fourth quarter.
"He has developed into a star and is one of the keys to this team," said Carter, who made 13-of-23 shots.
Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Childs handed out nine assists for the Raptors, who shot 53 percent (45-of-85) and held a 42-33 rebounding edge. Darrell Armstrong
scored 20 points and Horace Grant
added 15 for the Magic, who shot 44 percent (32-of-72).