• My Scores
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL

Orlando at Toronto

Raptors 102, Magic 98

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

TORONTO -- The more Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy watches his team struggle, the more concerned he gets about how they'll fare in the playoffs.

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jerryd Bayless had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Magic 102-98 on Sunday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

Eastern Conference
SeedTeamGB
1x-Atlanta-
2x-Boston-
3x-Brooklyn-
4x-Chicago-
5o-Charlotte-
6o-Cleveland-
7o-Detroit-
8y-Indiana-
Still alive
9z-Miami-
10x-Milwaukee-
11y-New York-
Eliminated
12o-Orlando-
13o-Philadelphia-
14o-Toronto-
15o-Washington-
Complete Playoff Race >>

Van Gundy was unimpressed with the Magic's poor performance against one of the NBA's worst teams, Orlando's third defeat in four games.

"They wanted to win, we didn't care, so they won," he said.

After Friday's win over Charlotte, Van Gundy said his team needed to start playing at a "higher level" before the postseason, adding that the Magic won't be able to just flip the switch come playoff time. Sunday's loss only reinforced that sentiment.

"We certainly didn't even try to turn it on tonight," he said. "Our guys want to try to pick their spots. I'm not at all confident. I'm confident in what we're able to do when we want to play, but I'm not confident that our guys will come with an approach to really come out and play hard and play with great energy. I'm not confident in that at all."

Leandro Barbosa added 14 points for the Raptors, James Johnson and Sonny Weems each had 11, and Reggie Evans finished with 17 rebounds.

Dwight Howard had 31 points and nine rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 21 points for the Magic. Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson each scored 13 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 11.

Howard wasn't bothered by Van Gundy's blunt assessment.

"I don't want to say I don't care what Stan says but sometimes he is very passionate and he says things that we might not like," Howard said. "I just have to do whatever I can to motivate my team and get ready for the playoffs."

Toronto outscored Orlando 29-19 in the fourth quarter and outrebounded the Magic 48-30 overall.

"You don't see teams get outrebounded by 18," Van Gundy said. "That's absurd."

More on Magic at Raptors
Related links
Video

Trailing 81-73 after Turkoglu scored the opening basket of the fourth, Toronto answered with a 12-3 run to take an 85-84 lead with 8:56 remaining.

It didn't help Van Gundy's mood that the run happened with Howard catching a breather on the bench.

"It's a little ridiculous that we can't even let Dwight get a drink of water, but that's the way it is," he said. "When he leaves we have no defense and today we had very little offense. It's crazy, but we should be able to take him out to get a drink of water."

Nelson tied it at 90 on a running jumper with 5:22 left but DeRozan replied with a three-point play.

Howard made only one of four from the line after being fouled on back-to-back possessions, allowing Toronto to maintain a 95-93 lead with 3:41 left.

Orlando trailed 97-95 with 1:10 to go when Raptors rookie Ed Davis stepped in front of Howard to steal a pass from Nelson. Barbosa missed a jumper with the shot clock winding down but Bayless came up with a key rebound and was fouled as he drove to the basket. Bayless made both, giving the Raptors a 99-95 lead with 24 seconds to play.

Nelson missed a 3 at the other end and Howard got the rebound, but DeRozan stole it. Bayless came up with the ball and was fouled, making one of two to put the Raptors up 100-95 with 13.3 seconds left.

"Everybody is playing well right now," Bayless said. "We're playing well, moving the ball and everybody is touching it. It's a fun way to play."

For the fourth consecutive game, the Magic were limited to nine healthy players. Guard Gilbert Arenas (illness) did not travel to Toronto, while sixth-man J.J. Redick, out since March 11 with an abdominal strain, rejoined the team after spending the past several days in Vancouver, British Columbia, undergoing treatment on his lingering injury. Guard Chris Duhon missed his third consecutive game with a sore right thumb.

Toronto also was without two starters. Center Andrea Bargnani sat for the third time in four games with a sore right ankle while guard Jose Calderon missed his second straight game with an injured left hamstring.

Notes

Toronto had only 22 hours turnaround time between its Saturday night loss at Chicago and Sunday's game against Orlando. ... Eight members of the Blue Jays attended the game but, due to a ticketing mixup, pitchers Ricky Romero and Casey Janssen were seated on press row. ... Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer sat courtside.

Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Orlando (48-29)1930301998
Toronto (21-55) «23232729102
ORL:D. Howard 31 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 9 Reb
ORL:J. Nelson 7 Ast
TOR:D. DeRozan 24 Pts
TOR:R. Evans 17 Reb
TOR:J. Bayless 8 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoToronto

Dwight Howard

Jerryd Bayless
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
31902328

Related Video

April 25, 2015
Raptors at Wizards Game 3 recap (2:47)
April 24, 2015
NBA expert picks: 4/24
(2:39)
April 22, 2015
Wizards at Raptors Game 2 recap
(2:20)
April 20, 2015
Will Kyle Lowry bounce back?
(1:09)
Orlando
J. Richardson, SG435-130-121013
J. Nelson, PG427-145-627521
D. Howard, C3911-209-1590231
H. Turkoglu, SF365-110-324411
B. Bass, PF296-91-290213
Q. Richardson, SG231-40-02123
R. Anderson, PF192-40-03106
M. Allen, PF90-00-01110
G. Arenas, PGDid Not Play
C. Duhon, PGDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
E. Clark, SFDid Not Play
D. Orton, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-7515-2730151698
 49.3%55.6% 
Toronto
D. DeRozan, SG428-168-852124
J. Bayless, PG357-146-728423
J. Johnson, PF324-102-475111
A. Johnson, SF261-40-02032
E. Davis, PF214-70-06248
R. Evans, PF322-30-017154
L. Barbosa, SG217-120-244014
S. Weems, SG215-90-021211
J. Dorsey, PF92-41-13115
L. Kleiza, SFDid Not Play
J. Calderon, PGDid Not Play
A. Bargnani, CDid Not Play
J. Wright, SFDid Not Play
A. Ajinca, CDid Not Play
S. Alabi, CDid Not Play
Totals 40-7917-22482421102
 50.6%77.3% 
Other Games
Pho 97 Final
SA 114
Den 95 Final
LAL 90
Det 90 Final
Bos 101
Mia 108 Final
NJ 94
Cle 107 Final
NY 123
Utah 97 Final
Sac 106
Wash 97 Final
Char 91
Ind 96 Final
NO 108
Atl 109 Final
Hou 114
Dal 96 Final
Port 104