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Toronto at Orlando

Toronto's Bargnani pours career-high 23 points on Magic in win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Andrea Bargnani showed the Orlando Magic exactly why the Toronto Raptors selected him first overall in the NBA Draft.

The Italian rookie hit five 3-pointers, scored 23 points and had six rebounds to lead the Raptors to a convincing 91-84 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Magic on Wednesday night.

Bargnani came into the game shooting 27.9 percent from 3-point range, but was 4-for-4 in the fourth quarter and finished 5-of-8.

"Andrea got hot at the right moment and hit the big shots that saved us," said Raptors center Rasho Nesterovic, who had 10 rebounds and five blocks, both season highs. "It's tough to come in here from Europe as the No. 1 pick because a lot is expected, but give him time and he'll be one of the best players in the league."

Bargnani hit three straight 3-pointers to start the fourth period and give the Raptors their biggest lead of the second half, 74-64. The Magic went on an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to 76-72 with 5:53 left in the game, but Bargnani killed the comeback with another 3-pointer, this one from two steps behind the line.

"They were important shots," Bargnani said. "One day they go in, one day they go out. I'm still learning about this league."

The Magic, meanwhile, are watching their hold on the Eastern Conference quickly slip away. They have lost four of five since returning from a successful West Coast trip and injuries are starting to cripple them.

Starters Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu are out with injuries and Grant Hill played only 19 minutes before the tendinitis in his left knee flared up. He has been ruled out of Thursday night's game in Charlotte.

Orlando got 22 points from Nelson's replacement, Carlos Arroyo, and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Dwight Howard. However, the Magic had only three assists against nine turnovers in the second half when they shot just 31.8 percent.

"We had too many guys trying to win the game single-handedly instead of playing together like a team," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "We've got some injuries and the guys are probably tired, but that's the way it goes in this league. We've got to play better."

Notes

  • Toronto's Chris Bosh missed his third straight game because of a bone bruise on his left knee.
  • The Magic were 12-4 in November, but are only 3-5 in December.
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Andrea Bargnani scores a career-high 23, hitting 8-for-16 from the field and 2-for-2 at the line.  (AP)
Andrea Bargnani scores a career-high 23, hitting 8-for-16 from the field and 2-for-2 at the line. (AP)

Scoreboard
Toronto (8-14) «2618212691
Orlando (15-9) 1826162484
TOR:A. Bargnani 23 Pts
TOR:R. Nesterovic 10 Reb
TOR:T. Ford 5 Ast
ORL:C. Arroyo 22 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 13 Reb
ORL:D. Howard 3 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoToronto

D. Howard

A. Bargnani
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
171332360
Toronto
R. Nesterovic, C403-41-210137
A. Parker, SF314-92-232211
J. Garbajosa, C292-80-07224
T. Ford, PG265-84-535414
J. Graham, SF162-27-730311
A. Bargnani, PF308-162-260323
M. Peterson, SG283-85-662112
J. Calderon, PG232-70-00144
F. Jones, SG112-31-20115
K. Humphries, PF60-10-01000
D. Martin, PGDid Not Play
P. Sow, PFDid Not Play
C. Bosh, PFDid Not Play
U. Slokar, PFDid Not Play
P. Tucker, SGDid Not Play
Totals 31-6622-2639142391
 47.0%84.6% 
Orlando
D. Howard, C366-175-8133417
T. Ariza, SF323-71-25027
T. Battie, PF315-91-230411
C. Arroyo, PG289-174-462322
G. Hill, SG191-41-12033
K. Dooling, PG323-114-432010
D. Milicic, PF273-62-27118
T. Diener, PG202-110-03116
J. Redick, SG160-30-01130
B. Outlaw, PFDid Not Play
P. Garrity, PFDid Not Play
H. Turkoglu, SFDid Not Play
J. Nelson, PGDid Not Play
K. Bogans, SGDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
Totals 32-8518-2343102184
 37.6%78.3% 
Other Games
Char 101 Final
Cle 104
Pho 99 Final
Mia 89
Det 90 Final
Ind 101
Bos 101 Final
Phi 81
Den 91 Final
Wash 120
Mil 95 Final
NJ 108
Atl 82 Final
NY 94
Port 85 Final
Mem 79
Min 82 Final
SA 95
Sea 84 Final
Chi 99
LAL 101 Final
Dal 110
Utah 105 Final
LAC 86