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Beyond The Boxscore - Raptors vs. Magic

Raptors Rally Come Up Short
Magic 125 116 Raptors
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Mike Ulmer
November 1, 2009
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

How about late in the third quarter after the Raptors had gotten the better end of a mixup between Matt Barnes and Andrea Bargnani.

The Raps were gifted with three foul shots, all of which they made, to bring the Magic back to within view at 89-76. But the Magic moved the ball swiftly downcourt and effortlessly located Dwight Howard for a layup. The Raps got it under six late but in a night of turning points, the Howard bucket was as deciding as any.


How about Magic guard JJ Redick, starting in place of one Vince Carter?

Redick, averaging 11 points this year, had tied his career-high of 18 points by halftime and finished with a 25-point game against the Raps.


Jarrett Jack did what he is supposed to do, smooth over the parts of the game when Jose Calderon is on the bench. He had five points, three rebounds and two assists. That’s a whole lot better than what the Raps were getting last year from their backup.


The Magic raced to their 64-53 half time lead by virtue of 10-of-18 performance from the arc. That’s 46 per cent of your scoring from the 3-point line and that’s not bad. In that crucial first half, the Raps got four of five for just 22 per cent from outside.


"It's difficult when you lose and you shoot 54 per cent... you outrebound them. But they made three-point shots and they spread you out with. It's not like we didn't, we shot 59 per cent from the three-point line, but they shot 53 per cent and they just took more of them. Those put us behind early and it was tough to fight back" - Jay Triano


Wednesday, Oct. 4 vs. Detroit
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

The Raptors get their first look at the new-look Detroit Pistons at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, Nov. 4. With Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon among several new faces in Detroit, the team has gotten off to a similar start as the Raptors -- winning their opener before dropping their next two games. They'll face the Magic at home before visiting Toronto. Tip-off is 7 p.m. (TSN2, FAN 590). Pregame coverage begins with Gate 5 Live at 6 p.m., on Raptors NBA TV. Get Tickets
By The Numbers
4 The number of 20-plus point scorers the Magic had on Sunday in Nelson, Howard, Anderson and Redick.
17 Number of three-pointers made against the Raptors, tying a franchise record.
14 Free throws made by Dwight Howard, a career 60% ft shooter, in 16 attempts on Sunday.
22 Number of points scored by Andrea Bargnani in under 16 second-half minutes.
87.6 Percentage of scoring provided by the starters from both teams on Sunday.
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "I love it. It's hard basketball. It was a hard foul, but there are no hard feelings or anything. I didn't want him to have a chance to make the basket so I wrapped him up." - Chris Bosh on his hard foul against Howard
Andrea Bargnani "I played bad in the first half and tried to shoot a little more in the second half. I tried to get more involved, I tried to drive and be more aggressive... Our defence wasn't very good." - Andrea Bargnani
Hedo Turkoglu "We should have started (better) in the beginning, jumped out early and had control in our house instead of them having control and we are chasing them at home in front of our fans." - Hedo Turkoglu
Fantasy Alert
29.0 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 3.0 APG

Notes: Bosh continued his spectacular start to the campaign; scoring a game-high 35 points (50% fg), with 16 boards, a block an assist and two three-pointers.
16.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.5 APG

Notes: Ryan Anderson is quickly proving he was no throw in to the Vince Carter deal this summer. The versatile forward scored 20 points (five 3's) and added six boards.