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Orlando at Toronto

Magic use balanced scoring to hold off Raptors, extend winning streak

CBSSports.com wire reports

SAN ANTONIO -- Thanks to a newfound focus on toughness and togetherness, the Orlando Magic are off to a perfect start away from home.

Hedo Turkoglu had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 24 points, and the Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 105-96 on Wednesday night to earn their third consecutive road victory.

Keith Bogans had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Dwight Howard added 17 points and nine rebounds for Orlando, which won Saturday at Washington and beat Minnesota on Tuesday.

"Any time you can get road wins is good," Orlando guard Jameer Nelson said. "You're always going to be able to protect your home court because you've got your fans around you. When you come up to a hostile environment like Toronto, New York or Minnesota, you've got to stick together. Everybody who's on that bench and everybody on the court has got to stick together."

One night after he failed to make a field goal for only the second time in his NBA career, Toronto's Chris Bosh scored 26 points, going 6-for-15 from the floor and making all 14 of his free throw attempts. Bosh also had 10 rebounds.

Andrea Bargnani had 16 points for Toronto, while T.J. Ford had 12 points and eight assists. Toronto has lost three straight after winning its opening two games of the season.

"We have to do a better job of concentrating on getting to the bucket," Bosh said. "We're settling for a lot of jump shots and everybody on the team is falling victim to that."

A 3-pointer by Bargnani with 3:56 left in the fourth quarter gave Toronto its first lead of the game at 92-91. Orlando responded with eight consecutive points, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Lewis and Nelson and a driving layup by Nelson to take a 99-92 edge with 2:23 remaining.

"Last year, when somebody made a big run at the end of the game, we kind of just folded over," Howard said. "In the last two games, teams have been making big pushes at the end of the game and we've held our ground. We didn't get mad or frustrated at each other. We went out there and tried to do the best job we can on defense."

Nelson finished with 10 points and six assists for the Magic, who had all five starters reach double figures in scoring.

"I like the way our team is responding," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Of course, I'd like it better if we'd just win by 15, but I like the way our team is responding. That's the way you're going to have to play to win games on the road in this league. I'm very, very pleased with them right now."

Orlando will wrap up its road trip Friday at New York.

"We've got one more test coming up Friday," Nelson said. "We have to take care of business."

Howard said the Magic know they need to do better than the 15-26 road record they posted last season.

"In order for us to become a great team and get respect around the league, we've got to win these games on the road," Howard said. "We've been doing an awesome job so far of just concentrating. We trying to mature as a team and every game is a stepping stone for us."

Turkoglu played 45 minutes, including the entire second half, despite a tender ankle. Van Gundy said it was hard to take him out because of foul trouble to Lewis and Howard.

"It was hurting before the game, but I always tell myself when I'm on the court it means I've got enough," Turkoglu said. "I didn't want think about it too much, let it get into my head. I just played through it. I know there's going to be a day off tomorrow. I'll get it treated and feel a bit better on Friday."

Nelson returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the game Tuesday in Minnesota with a slight concussion, the result of an inadvertent elbow to the head during practice on Monday. He was cleared to play Wednesday night after riding an exercise bike during the morning shootaround, and said he felt no ill-effects.

"The doctors did a good job getting me ready to play and being cautious," Nelson said. "I appreciate those guys being cautious and just allowing me to get back to being healthy."

Orlando led 52-47 at the half.


  • NBA executive VP of basketball operations Stu Jackson attended the game.
  • Toronto activated forward Maceo Baston before the game and placed forward Jamario Moon on the inactive list.
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Chris Bosh leads all scorers, but Dwight Howard's Magic put forth a better team effort.  (Getty Images)
Chris Bosh leads all scorers, but Dwight Howard's Magic put forth a better team effort. (Getty Images)
Orlando (4-1) «31212627105
Toronto (2-3) 2324272296
ORL:R. Lewis 24 Pts
ORL:H. Turkoglu 15 Reb
ORL:J. Nelson 7 Ast
TOR:C. Bosh 26 Pts
TOR:C. Bosh 10 Reb
TOR:T. Ford 8 Ast
Players of the Game

C. Bosh

H. Turkoglu

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H. Turkoglu, SF458-185-6156124
R. Lewis, SF3910-161-124424
K. Bogans, SG375-113-3113217
D. Howard, C347-123-692517
J. Nelson, PG304-71-267210
C. Arroyo, PG181-32-20324
K. Dooling, PG161-52-23024
A. Foyle, C131-20-03012
T. Ariza, SF40-00-01000
P. Garrity, SF31-20-01003
B. Outlaw, PF10-00-00000
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
Totals 38-7617-22512519105
C. Bosh, PF386-1514-14101326
A. Bargnani, PF357-180-180416
J. Kapono, SF333-110-01019
A. Parker, SG281-60-03032
T. Ford, PG285-92-338312
C. Delfino, SG232-51-34135
J. Calderon, PG203-63-336110
J. Dixon, SG166-130-001212
K. Humphries, PF81-12-21014
R. Nesterovic, C50-40-06000
J. Garbajosa, PF50-10-02010
D. Martin, PGDid Not Play
M. Baston, SFDid Not Play
J. Graham, SFDid Not Play
J. Moon, SGDid Not Play
Totals 34-8922-2641172296
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Atl 105
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Ind 89
Char 63 Final
Phi 94
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Sea 98
Cle 101 Final
Utah 103
NO 90 Final
Port 93