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Raptors use strong defense in 4th to beat Magic 93-86

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Toronto's reserves proved again they can be a factor in deciding a game, delivering a stellar fourth-quarter defensive effort.

Kyle Lowry scored 25 points to lead the Raptors to a 93-86 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, their 12th win in the last 13 games. But it was the defensive effort by subs Deion Wright, Pascal Siakam, Lorenzo Brown and Lucas Nogueira that was the difference in an offensively challenged game for both teams.

''We want it a lot more than any other bench,'' Brown said. ''We work hard every single day and we hype each other up. It's a brotherhood and it's exciting to be a part of it.''

That foursome was on the floor for all but 20 seconds of the final period, when Toronto limited Orlando to 3-of-19 shooting (15.8 percent), forced four turnovers and blocked three shots to rally the Raptors from an eight-point deficit.

''These games are about evaluating who can do what and see who you can trust in the situations,'' Toronto coach Dwane Casey said of his bench's performance. ''Mentally, you have to be sharp in these games and we weren't for three quarters, but we found a way in the fourth. I thought (the reserves) were really, really good.''

Shelvin Mack led Orlando with 17 points. Aaron Gordon, returning after missing five games with a concussion, added 16 points. Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who have lost seven of their last eight.

The Magic missed their first 11 shots of the fourth quarter and didn't get a field goal until Vucevic hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 4:34 left to play. He also got the next Magic field goal, but it came more than three minutes later and the game was decided by then.

''It's about decision-making and execution,'' Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ''If you're getting pressured, you've got to move the ball along. If you're getting to the rim and you don't have a clean look, you've got to kick it out. We've just got to make better decisions.''

Serge Ibaka had 14 points for Toronto. Wright and Norman Powell had 10 apiece for the Raptors, who played without All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan because of bruised thigh and it showed.

Toronto had to overcome long stretches of missed shots, turnovers and poor offensive execution of its own. The Raptors made only one field goal in the first five minutes of the final period, before Brown's off-balance jumper in the lane started a 12-0 run.

Lowry was the only starter to play in the fourth quarter and helped put some life in the offense while the defense recorded one stop after the next. Siakam drained a corner 3-pointer to give the Raptors an 84-78 lead with 4:52 to play.

Lowry added a pair of 3-pointers as the Raptors pushed the lead to 91-80 in the final minute and coasted to the finish line.

''Kyle is a smart player and found a way,'' Casey said. ''It wasn't pretty, but we got it done.''

TIP INS

Raptors: Toronto's franchise record streak of 23 straight games scoring over 100 points ended. . The Raptors have won a franchise-record nine straight road games. . Lowry had seven 3-pointers, giving his 204 for the season. He's the only Raptor in franchise history to hit more than 200 3-pointers in a season.

Magic: Tracy McGrady, who played four seasons in Orlando, was inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame before the game. . G Evan Fournier missed his sixth straight game with a sprained knee. . The Magic tied a franchise record for fewest free throw attempts (five) and makes (three) in team history.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Finish a road back-to-back at Cleveland tonight.

Magic: Orlando hosts Philadelphia Thursday

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
N. Vucevic
9 C
30.1 Min. Per Game 30.1
17.2 Pts. Per Game 17.2
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
9.0 Reb. Per Game 9.0
46.1 Field Goal % 49.1
46.1 Three Point % 49.4
82.6 Free Throw % 80.0
  Offensive foul on Jonathan Isaac 0:20
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon 0:20
  Delon Wright missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:20
+ 1 Delon Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 0:20
  Personal foul on Nikola Vucevic 0:20
+ 3 Shelvin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Augustin 0:22
  Offensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic 0:25
  Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon 0:35
  Delon Wright missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
+ 1 Delon Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
Team Stats
Points 93 86
Field Goals 35-77 (45.5%) 37-90 (41.1%)
3-Pointers 14-36 (38.9%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 9-17 (52.9%) 3-5 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 54 51
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 39 35
Team 9 6
Assists 19 22
Steals 7 13
Blocks 8 7
Turnovers 17 12
Fouls 10 16
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
15 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Raptors 53-18 2428162593
home team logo Magic 21-50 2526251086
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 53-18 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Magic 21-50 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Lowry PG 16.2 PPG 5.6 RPG 6.9 APG 42.7 FG%
S. Mack PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Lowry PG 25 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
S. Mack PG 17 PTS 0 REB 4 AST
45.5 FG% 41.1
38.9 3PT FG% 36.0
52.9 FT% 60.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 36 25 5 8 0 0 4 0 9/17 7/13 0/0 0 5 42 +11
S. Ibaka 27 13 6 0 0 2 1 1 5/11 2/4 1/1 0 6 20 -7
J. Valanciunas 19 9 8 2 1 1 1 1 4/8 0/2 1/4 1 7 22 -6
M. Miller 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -1
O. Anunoby 14 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 36 25 5 8 0 0 4 0 9/17 7/13 0/0 0 5 42 +11
S. Ibaka 27 13 6 0 0 2 1 1 5/11 2/4 1/1 0 6 20 -7
J. Valanciunas 19 9 8 2 1 1 1 1 4/8 0/2 1/4 1 7 22 -6
M. Miller 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -1
O. Anunoby 14 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Powell 17 10 2 1 0 1 3 3 4/7 2/4 0/0 1 1 12 -19
D. Wright 28 10 5 4 1 1 1 3 3/6 0/2 4/6 1 4 24 +12
P. Siakam 20 8 7 1 1 1 3 0 3/9 1/2 1/2 1 6 16 +14
L. Brown 18 7 0 0 1 0 1 0 2/4 1/1 2/2 0 0 7 +23
L. Nogueira 17 4 4 0 0 2 0 1 2/2 0/0 0/2 1 3 10 +16
J. Poeltl 11 4 2 1 1 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 1 8 -3
C. Miles 20 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 1/9 1/7 0/0 0 4 12 +6
D. DeRozan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Hayes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. VanVleet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 93 45 19 7 8 17 10 35/77 14/36 9/17 6 39 174 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 33 16 6 3 1 1 0 2 7/15 2/8 0/0 0 6 30 -4
N. Vucevic 31 15 9 3 3 0 1 2 7/19 1/2 0/0 1 8 32 -6
J. Isaac 27 10 5 0 5 2 3 4 4/7 2/2 0/1 1 4 19 -8
D. Augustin 35 9 3 10 0 0 2 2 4/9 1/4 0/0 0 3 30 -10
A. Afflalo 23 2 1 1 0 1 2 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 0 4 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 33 16 6 3 1 1 0 2 7/15 2/8 0/0 0 6 30 -4
N. Vucevic 31 15 9 3 3 0 1 2 7/19 1/2 0/0 1 8 32 -6
J. Isaac 27 10 5 0 5 2 3 4 4/7 2/2 0/1 1 4 19 -8
D. Augustin 35 9 3 10 0 0 2 2 4/9 1/4 0/0 0 3 30 -10
A. Afflalo 23 2 1 1 0 1 2 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 0 4 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Mack 23 17 0 4 2 0 1 1 7/16 3/6 0/0 0 0 26 -6
M. Hezonja 18 8 4 0 1 1 1 2 4/12 0/2 0/0 0 4 13 +1
B. Biyombo 16 6 8 1 0 2 1 2 2/4 0/0 2/2 3 5 17 -1
W. Iwundu 20 2 5 0 1 0 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 3 7 -3
K. Birch 9 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 2 2 5 +6
M. Speights - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Fournier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Purvis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 86 45 22 13 7 12 16 37/90 9/25 3/5 10 35 183 -35