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Magic Continue Recent Mastery Of Raptors At ACC
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Raptors 104 96 Raptors
Jay Satur
November 22, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON


... the Magic opened the fourth quarter on a 14-4 run that pushed the Orlando lead to double digits.

With Dwight Howard on the bench to start the decisive frame, the Magic took their game outside as Jason Williams and JJ Redick canned big jumpers and gave the Magic all the separation they needed to survive one last charge from the Raptors.



With all due respect to a fantastic second-half from Vince Carter, JJ Redick was big during key Orlando runs in the second and fourth quarters. The Magic sharpshooter had a second straight big game in Toronto, torching the Raptors for 19 points and matching a career-high with five assists.

He's been a Raptor killer this season, averaging 23.0 points, 5.0 assists while shooting 14-of-24 (.583) from the field and nine-of-15 (.600) from three-point range. .


With Marco Belinelli and Antoine Wright sidelined, Amir Johnson saw increased burn on Sunday and delivered with a season-high 14 points and eight rebounds in 28:56 minutes of work.

Johnson continued to do the dirty work on the offensive end also held his own against Dwight Howard at the other end of the floor. CLICK HERE to see some of his highlights against the Magic.


Several Raptors remarked after the game that based on the numbers, they desrved a better fate. Toronto shot better from the field, better from beyond the arc, scored 14 more points in the paint and held Dwight Howard (4-13), Vince Carter (9-24) and Rashard Lewis (4-12) to poor shooting afternoons from the floor. But the Magic had a fine game defensively as Howard clamped down on Bosh, while Bargnani and Turkoglu also received plenty of attention. Orlando also made seven more trips to the line, struck for three more three-pointers and held a decisive edge in offensive rebounds (14-8), which denied Toronto of some much-needed possessions in the game's final minutes.


``A lot of points, it was still a lot of points to give up. I thought defensively we didnt do too bad of a job. When we went back to our regular coverage that is when (J.J.) Redick got going. For the most part, we forced their non-scorers to be scorers. I thought their bench did a nice job. Redick came in and hurt us again.'' - Jay Triano


Tuesday Nov. 24 vs. Indiana Pacers
7:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)

The Raptors finish their three-game homestand on Tuesday against Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers (5-5). The two teams split their four-game season series in 2008-09, with each team winning twice on their home floor. Tuesday's game also marks Jarrett Jack's first appearance against his former club.

The Numbers
3 Number of consecutive wins for the Magic over the Raptors at ACC.
32 Number of three-point attempts by the Magic in each game against the Raptors this season.
+14 Points in the paint differential favouring the Raptors
11 Number of assists for Jarrett Jack, tying a career high.
10 Number of free throws made by Chris Bosh, the sixth time he's scored at least 10 from the stripe this season
They Said It...
Amir Johnson ``I tried to body him up as much as possible. When he gets to that post position he is a pretty strong dude. I just tried to hold my own against him.'' - - Amir Johnson on defending Dwight Howard
Stan Van GUndy "We come in today and this team is averaging 107 a game and give them 28 in the first quarter, and then still end up holding them below 100. That to me is what I like.." - Stan Van Gundy
Jarrett Jack "They did a good job defending our pick-and-rolls and being really aggressive with showing... The other night we were able to hit the shots and tonight was just the opposite." - Jarrett Jack
Fantasy Alert
7.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.6 APG

Notes: Jarrett Jack wasn't shooting particularly well on Sunday, but he made his presence felt with his passing and rebounding. Jack finished with just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting, but also pulled down seven rebounds and tied a career-high in assists with 11.
17.4 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.4 APG

Notes: Even on an off-day offensively, Dwight Howard can have an incredible impact on a game. Howard shot just 4-of-13 from the field but made nine-of-14 from the line. A career 59.9% shooter from the line, he's now shooting .767 (23-of-30) versus Toronto this season.