Magic 117, Raptors 101

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 26, 2012
Ryan Anderson made a career-best eight 3-pointers and finished with 28 points to help the Orlando Magic win their third straight game Monday night, beating the Toronto Raptors 117-101. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 18 points for the Magic. Orlando came in leading the NBA in 3-pointers and hit 15 of 34 from beyond the arc in this one, two shy of its season high. Orlando made 17 3-pointers twice this season, first at New York on Jan. 16 and also against Miami on Feb. 8. Anderson's first 21 points of the game came on 3's, a streak that ended when he made a pair of free throws with 9:39 left in the third quarter. Anderson, who already had three games with seven 3-pointers this season, finished two points shy of the career-high 30 he scored against the Knicks on Jan. 16. Glenn Davis had 13 and J.J. Redick 12 for the Magic, who never trailed and led by 23. The also took care of the ball. After averaging more than 19 turnovers a game in their previous five games, Orlando had nine against Toronto, four in the final quarter when the game was already out of reach. Gary Forbes scored a career-high 21 points, Linas Kleiza had 18 and James Johnson 13 for the Raptors, who have lost five of six. Orlando led 24-8 lead after Howard converted an alley-oop pass from Nelson at 5:07 of the first. After taking their second timeout, the Raptors roared back with an 18-4 run featuring four 3's of their own, cutting it to 28-26 after one. Already without guard DeMar DeRozan, who missed his second straight game with a sore left ankle, the Raptors lost guard Jerryd Bayless in the second. Bayless, who had missed the previous two games, went down clutching his sore left hip with 5:25 left in the half and had to limp off. He did not return. With Bayless sidelined, the Raptors were forced to call upon guard Alan Anderson, who signed a 10-day contract earlier Monday. Ryan Anderson, who made three 3's in the first, added three more in the second and Howard added eight points as Orlando pulled away again to take a 61-49 lead at the half. The Magic led 93-73 heading into the fourth, the most points by a Toronto opponent after three quarters in any game this season. NOTES: Davis needed five stitches to close a cut in his head after catching an elbow from Calderon in the second. He returned in the third, wearing a large bandage. ... James Johnson started for Toronto despite missing the morning shootaround with flulike symptoms. ... The Raptors honored Canada's military by wearing camouflage uniforms for the second time this season. They'll wear them twice more in the final month. ... Former Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer were at the game.
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