Raptors hold 110-109 win over Magic | The Canadian News

TORONTO – Scottie Barnes had 21 points and nine rebounds and Gary Trent Jr. added 19 points and a game-saving defensive play as the Toronto Raptors clung to a 110-109 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Magic hit the ball with five seconds left, but Trent threw it into Orlando’s backcourt. Cole Anthony got it back and his drive from the midfield was off the mark.

Fred VanVleet had 19 points and six assists for the Raptors, who split their four-game home run. OG Anunoby contributed 16 points.

Anthony scored 24 points for the Magic, one of only six Orlando players to reach double figures in scoring. Jalen Suggs had 21 points and Wendell Carter Jr., 17.

A three-point play by VanVleet gave Toronto (3-3) an eight-point lead with 4:18 to play. However, the Magic continued to use their deep shots (Orlando made 16 3-pointers in the game) to keep things closed.

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VanVleet scored two of his own 3-pointers late in the quarter, the latter at 2:04 to give Toronto a 12-point lead, the biggest in the game.

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A four-point play by Suggs with 52 seconds left after an Anunoby foul cut Toronto’s lead to four. Franz Wagner hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left to make it a one-point game.

It was Toronto’s ninth straight win over the Magic, a streak dating back to February 24, 2019. The Magic (1-5) have lost three games in a row.

The run-up to the game focused on the rookie battle between Barnes and Suggs, fourth and fifth respectively in the last NBA draft.

Both players started the game and it was Barnes who made the impact early. He scored Toronto’s first seven points and added four rebounds in the first five minutes.

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The Raptors closed the first quarter on a 9-0 streak for a 23-20 lead.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Barnes really caught the attention of a full 19,800 spectators. He ran across the court before taking a one-handed dunk that gave Toronto a 30-25 lead.

The Raptors struggled early to contain Magic center Mo Bamba, who had a blocked double-double midway through the second quarter. Toronto was also poor from distance, hitting just three of 17 three-point attempts in the first half.

Barnes went to the locker room area at the end of the second quarter after an eye, but returned to start the third quarter. Toronto took a 54-51 lead at halftime.

Anthony hit a triple midway through the third quarter to give Orlando the lead at 68-67. The Magic led 78-77 entering the fourth.

Toronto native Dalano Banton scored 10 points and gave the Raptors some energy off the bench. He grabbed the rebound from a Suggs error and ran the court before finding Anunoby for a 3-pointer that gave Toronto an 85-80 lead.

Anunoby followed with a 3-pointer from the opposite corner before capping a 7-0 career run with a dunk on Toronto’s next possession.

The Raptors were coming off a win over Indiana on Wednesday for their first home win in four attempts this season. Toronto will face the Pacers on Saturday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

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Notes: The Magic will continue their road trip on Saturday with a visit to Detroit. … Toronto is 54-39 all-time against Orlando. … The Magic extended their streak of making at least one triple to 1,135 games, a run that dates back to March 17, 2007. It is the fifth longest streak in NBA history. … Magic forward Ignas Brazdeikis was born in Lithuania but grew up in Canada. He lived in Winnipeg and Toronto before settling in Oakville, Ontario.

This Canadian Press report was first published on October 29, 2021.

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