Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/12
TORONTO -- The Orlando Magic was able to overhaul one double-digit deficit to the Toronto Raptors. It wasn't able to do it twice. After leading by as many as 13 points in the first half, the Raptors (3-7) found themselves trailing by two after three quarters but came on strong in the fourth to pick up a 97-86 home win over the Magic (3-6). DeMar DeRozan led the way with 20 points for the Raptors while Jose Calderon had 18 assists to go along with nine points. E'Twuan Moore and Glen Davis led all Magic scorers with 15 points apiece. Trailing by eight at the half, the Magic chipped away at Toronto's lead in the third quarter and was helped when Toronto faltered at the free-throw line. With two and a half minutes remaining in the third, Raptors rookie Jonas Valenciunas missed a pair from the free-throw line and on its next possession, veteran Magic guard Jameer Nelson tied the game with a 15-foot jumper. Valeniunas was at the line again on Toronto's next time down the court and made one of two before Nelson gave the Magic its first lead since the first quarter with a layup. Orlando had a slight 69-67 lead after three quarters. Toronto found its shooting stroke in the fourth quarter and was buoyed by back-to-back 3-pointers from Linus Kleiza and Amir Johnson. Its fight back was punctuated with 4 minutes remaining when Calderon tossed up a pass which DeRozan slammed home spectacularly to restore the Raptors double-digit lead at 89-78. Jose Calderon's first of two 3-pointers in the half just over two and a half minutes in gave Toronto its first lead of the half. Nikola Vucevic's running layup with 8:43 left in the first quarter tied the game 8-8 before Toronto went on a 10-0 run that was bookended by a pair of Dominic McGuire baskets. Toronto's 10-point margin lasted until the end of the first quarter and was almost its halftime advantage as well before Moore hit a running jumper from six feet to reduce its halftime deficit to eight. Notes: Magic guard J.J. Redick was a late omission from the lineup with an undisclosed illness. ... Toronto-born rookie Andrew Nicholson made his first appearance in his hometown as an NBA player for the Magic. ... Toronto was without guard Kyle Lowry for the fifth game with a bruised foot. Landry Fields and Alan Anderson also remain out for the Raptors. ... Toronto announced prior to the game that former player Jamaal Magloire was named a basketball development consultant and community ambassador for the team. Magloire played the final season of his career with his hometown team last year.
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