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Monday, December 19, 2005

Magic Lose by 2 to the Raptors



From Sportsline.com:

Tony Battie, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, made a 20-footer to draw the Magic within 89-88 with 32 seconds left, but Toronto ran the shot clock down before Peterson's 3-pointer from the corner as the clock expired.

"That's my bread-and-butter spot," Peterson said. "If you get an open look like that in this league, you've got to knock down the shot and we were knocking them down tonight."

The Raptors drew the play up in a timeout huddle with only two seconds left on the shot clock and 10 seconds on the game clock.

"With two seconds left you just try to get your best look and Jalen made a great pass to Mo," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.

Orlando shot 65 percent in the first quarter scored 15 straight points in the middle of the period to go up 21-9, but the offense sputtered the rest of the night.

"This is a bad loss for us," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "We've got to get out of this habit of taking two steps forward and one step back before we can start moving forward again. We lost defensive discipline on the last play of the game and I didn't like the way we played offensively all night."

The Raptors cut the deficit to 46-44 by halftime behind 10 second-period points by Rose.

Toronto went ahead 54-53 on a 3-pointer by rookie Joey Graham with 8:28 left in the third quarter. The Raptors pushed the lead to 77-72 on another 3-pointer, this one by Rose, with 10:17 left in the game.

The Magic dropped to 5-7 at home this season.

"I don't think it was the worst loss of the season because we played good for periods at a time," Francis said. "But they hit a lot of big shots late in the game and we weren't able to answer."

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