The Magic needed a good fight against the Raptors when they announced Jameer Nelson would miss the game with a sore left hip approximately an hour before tip off. They needed to play better defense than they had the last few outings for sure, but the margin for error was much small.
Ducking under screens and letting Toronto get into rhythm was not part of the equation. Orlando kept pace for most of the first quarter, but a 17-2 run to end the first quarter would only foreshadow the difficult road ahead for the team.
Undermanned, struggling to find an offensive rhythm and struggling to stick to their defensive principles, the Magic fell behind by 15 to end the first quarter, gave up 10-for-14 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half to the Raptors and never threatened the Raptors' growing lead.
After the Raptors extended the lead to 11 points with less than a minute to play in the first quarter, they never led by fewer than 11 the rest of the way.
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