Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/21/12
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors led by 11 points late in the game and then watched their advantage shrink to one point in three minutes. But they withstood the late push by the Orlando Magic to increase their winning streak to five games with a 93-90 victory on Friday that became more tense than the Air Canada Centre crowd of 18,391 expected. "We are (pleased), but we are not totally pleased," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We were running on fumes tonight but that is when you slow down and execute. When your mind is not thinking you have to slow your body down. I do not think we did that in the last four to five possessions in the game." After DeMar DeRozan, who led Toronto with 17 points and eight rebounds, missed a 17-foot jump shot with 12 seconds to play, the Magic had one more chance. But J.J. Redick missed the 3-point attempt and the Magic turned the ball over after gaining the rebound. "Great look," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of Redick's attempt. "I think everyone from our view thought it was going in. It was on line, great arch –- just didn't go." The Raptors had six players score in double figures as they snapped the Magic's four-game winning streak. Point guard Jose Calderon added 13 points and nine assists, rookie guard Terrence Ross also had 13 points and had two steals late in the game, forward Ed Davis, swingman Alan Anderson and forward Amir Johnson each had 10 and Linas Kleiza chipped in with nine. Magic swingman Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 26, center Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds, forward-center Gustavo Ayon and guard E'Twaun Moore had 12 each. "He was great," Vaughn said of Ayon. "He was physical for us, he was great at pick-and-roll coverage, rebounding and setting streams. All the things that he's very capable of doing and all things we ask him to do." The Magic made 18 turnovers leading to 17 Raptors points, including three in the fourth quarter. "A lot of mine were early, but they were bad turnovers," said Afflalo who had five turnovers. "You never like to say you won or lost the on a play in the fourth quarter. The turnovers that occur in the in the first and second quarters are just as responsible (for the loss) as the late turnovers. We have to do a better job of it throughout the entire game." Toronto rookie center Jonas Valanciunas left the game after 4:29 was played in the first quarter. X-rays on his right hand showed a fractured ring finger. He did not return. "Just the fact that we know we can win these games," Johnson said on the team's changed mindset. "We came so close in so many fourth quarters. We are on a winning streak now and we believe that we can win. We definitely finished off. "I think we kind of slacked a little bit in the fourth quarter. For one, I looked at the time and we had three minutes left and we were up by eight, or 10, maybe we can just drain the clock and they came back on us. We just had to be back on our toes and that's our fault." Toronto led by nine points entering the fourth quarter and the Magic cut the lead to five in the first two minutes. But a put-back jam by Ross and a bank shot by DeRozan who made the resulting free throw had Toronto's lead up to 78-68. The Raptors moved 11 points into the lead with 5:52 to play after Ross hit a 3-pointer, then made a steal and finished off the play with a slam dunk. Ayon put in a rebound with a 1:51 to play to reduce the Toronto lead to 91-85. A loose ball foul put the Magic at the line with 1:30 to play and Ayon hit both free throws to cut the lead to four points, After an offensive foul on Anderson, Jameer Nelson came back to hit a 3-point shot for Orlando with 55.9 seconds left to cut the lead to 91-90. After DeRozan missed a driving jumper, Johnson grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Ayon. Johnson made both free throws to put Toronto up by three with 42.6 seconds left. Ross picked up a steal after Ayon turned the ball over with 30 seconds left but DeRozan missed his shot. The Magic had one more chance but Redick missed his 3-point attempt. Moore got the rebound but Nelson turned the ball over to Mickael Pietrus to end the game. The Raptors took a 42-39 lead into the second half. A 3-pointer by John Lucas bumped the lead to 11 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter. Moore hit a 13-foot jumper in the final second of the third to reduce the Raptor lead to 71-62. NOTES: Johnson had the team's claw logo shaved and dyed on the back of his head. "I was just thinking about doing something when I was sitting around the house," he said. "It's just my personality. It's what I do." Johnson injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win over Detroit but came back to make two key defensive plays down the stretch. He was ready to play Friday. ... .forward-center Andrea Bargnani (right elbow) and guard Kyle Lowry (right triceps) continue to be out for Toronto. ... forward-center Glen Davis (left shoulder) was out for Orlando while forwards Al Harrington (right knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (left hand) continue to be out. ... The last time Toronto won five consecutive games was Jan. 22-31, 2010. ... The last time the teams met, the Raptors beat the Magic 97-86 at ACC on Nov. 18. ... Magic rookie forward Andrew Nicholson made his first career NBA start Friday and had six points and four rebounds in 19:45. The native of nearby Mississauga, Ontario, was a first-round draft pick (19th overall) from St. Bonaventure. ... Toronto plays next at San Antonio at AT&T Center on Dec. 26. ... Orlando plays Utah Sunday at Amway Center.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Josh McDaniels 'happy' with Pats but wants to be a head coach again

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Why Rickie Fowler will win the PGA Championship

Warren Sapp bitten on arm by shark

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Report: Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed conditioning test

WATCH: Kobe Bryant drives Ferrari around Italian racetrack

Terrelle Pryor shouts out Ohio State after ban ends

Justin Timberlake advocates for Memphis to join Big 12

Poll: Las Vegas residents don’t support public funds for NFL stadium

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker