The Toronto Raptors were without DeMar DeRozan for the second straight game Wednesday night, but once again it proved to be no problem. The Raptors jumped out to an early lead against the Orlando Magic and didn't look back. They scored 33 points in the first quarter and shot the lights out by making a franchise-tying eight three pointers in the quarter. Carrying a double-digit lead into the second quarter, the Raptors held on to their lead and didn't allow the Magic to make a strong push for a comeback throughout the rest of the game.
Kyle Lowry once again stepped up in DeRozan's absence by having a monster game. Lowry led the way with 33 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. He shot 11-20 from the field and made six three pointers.
Patrick Patterson was also out of the lineup as he had a procedure done to reset his nose. He is expected to be back with the team on Friday as the Raptors get ready to start a five-game Western Conference road trip.
The Raptors move to 24-21 with the win and have now won two straight and four of their last five. The Magic fall to 12-35 with the loss and dropped five of their last six games.
Points By Quarter
Here are some notes from the game:
- Jonas Valanciunas picked up his team-leading 16th double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. It was also the first time in Valanciunas' career where he has recorded a double-double in three straight games.
- Amir Johnson attempted a season-high 20 shots as he went 10-20 from the field for 22 points. He also recorded a double-double as he pulled down 11 rebounds. Johnson left the game late in the fourth after injuring his ankle, but the team doesn't expect him to miss any time.
- Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough made his return after missing 14 games with an ankle injury. He played just under six minutes and had one rebound and one steal.
- Magic guard Arron Afflalo, who came into the game averaging 20.3 points per game, was held to just 10 points on 4-11 shooting. Terrence Ross did a great job defensively on Afflalo forcing him into tough shots. Ross also had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists on the night.
- Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double for the Magic as he scored 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris had nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
- The Magic only turned the ball over seven times, but shot just 33.3% from the field.
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