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Raptors Rocked By Balanced Attack Of Magic

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March 26, 2012

TORONTO (CP) Ryan Anderson wasn't interested on dwelling on his accomplishments, even after destroying the Toronto Raptors with a career performance from behind the three-point line.

Anderson had a career-high eight three-pointers for a game-high 28 points as the Orlando Magic extended their win streak to three games with a 117-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday.

``It's just another game, I know it's a cool accomplishment -- I just want to keep getting better,'' Anderson said. ``I'm not necessarily trying to go out every night and beat that record or anything.

``It's a cool thing, I'm not going to think a whole lot about it.''

The 23-year-old, who came into the game the league leader in three-pointers made (135) and attempted (331), went 3-for-4 in the first quarter and 6-for-10 in the first half.

``I had a lot of open looks, I think everyone did a good job finding me,'' he said. ``Dwight caused a lot of attention down in the paint which led to some open shots for everybody.''

J.J. Redick's three-pointer 13 seconds into the fourth quarter gave the Magic their largest lead of the night at 23 points and Orlando never looked back.

In the dying seconds of the fourth, Raptors Ed Davis received a standing ovation from the crowd as he drained a free throw giving Toronto 101 points and sending all in attendance home with a free slice of pizza part of a team promotion.

Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy was quite amused by the reaction.


"I thought with as well as we played agaisnt New York and Chicago we had some momentum going and we came out with a lack of whatever. It's disappointing that we take a step back like that and play that way."
-- Dwane Casey, on the lack of urgency
"They came out with more energy and you could tell they wanted to play hard from the start. The went on a 16-4 run and when the other team is shooting that well, it's hard to come back."
-- James Johnson, on the loss
"We just have to get back to the things we were doing well. It doesn't matter how many guys we've got, we just have to show every night what we can do and that we can compete. We didn't tonight."
-- Jose Calderon, on heavy minutes taking a toll

``I was like 'wow, they're going to cut the lead to 16 and the whole place went nuts like they won the championship or something. That was a big basket by Ed Davis, they got to put that on their highlight film at the end of the year. I was surprised, I was like 'wow what happened?' I thought he had an 18-point play and tied the game or something.''

After having the details of the promotion explained, Van Gundy was disappointed with the fan reaction.

``We got a standing ovation for a slice? Oh, they told me they got a free pizza,'' he said. ``A slice, you got to sit in your seat and clap. You can't stand up on a slice, I'm sorry, that's bad etiquette.''

With the win, the Orlando swept the season series winning all three games. The Magic have now won five of the last six over Toronto.

The Raptors (17-33), who have lost 11 their last 17 against the Magic, were led by Gary Forbes' 21 points.

``I'm disappointed in our focus and attention to detail,'' said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. ``We came out as flat as a pancake against one of the top teams in the league and it's disappointing.''

Jose Calderon finished with nine points and 11 assists while Andrea Bargnani was held to just eight points.

Bargnani is now just 13 points shy of becoming the fourth Raptor in franchise history to hit the 6,000 career point plateau.

``We can't afford these kinds of starts against Orlando,'' Bargnani said. ``They made a lot of threes and we didn't play with enough energy. We collapsed on (Dwight) Howard and all the shooters they have didn't miss, especially Anderson.''


11 Made 3-pointers by the Raptors, a regulation season high
8 3-pointers made by Orlando's Ryan Anderson, a career high
0-12 Raptors' record this season when allowing 100+ points in regulation
46-24 Points in the paint favouring the Magic
61 First-half points from the Magic, tying a Raptors opponent season high

Howard -- who came in averaging 11.7 rebounds and 30.4 points in his last seven visits to Toronto -- finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Orlando (32-18) opened the game on a 10-0 run and led 24-8 late in the first quarter. However, the Raptors closed the gap to within two thanks to a 16-4 run to close out the period.

The 93 points allowed by Toronto through three quarters was the most allowed after three by the team this season.

Jerryd Bayless had six points in 10 minutes of action during the first half, but left the game and did not return after re-aggravating his left hip pointer injury that kept him out the previous two games.

Orlando's Glen Davis, who finished with 13 points, missed much of the second quarter getting five stitches on his head after being clipped by Calderon under the Raptors basket.

Notes: Prior to tip-off Monday night the Raptors announced the signing of guard Alan Anderson to 10-day contract. Anderson finished with two points in eight minutes. Anderson was averaging 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game with the Canton Charge of the D-League. The 29-year-old played parts of two seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats from 2005 to 2007. ... DeMar DeRozan missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle. DeRozan had his streak of 130 straight games snapped on Saturday night. ... Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter was in attendance court side.