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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Magic Beat Raptors 103-96

From Sportsline.com:

The Magic kept their slim Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive with a sixth straight win, but didn't get the two losses they needed even more.

Jameer Nelson had 27 points and all five Orlando starters scored in double figures as the Magic handed the Toronto Raptors their 10th straight defeat, 103-96 Wednesday night.

The win keeps Orlando in the hunt for an eighth seed in the East, but just barely. Chicago and Philadelphia kept a three-game cushion over the Magic by beating Atlanta and New Jersey, respectively.

The Magic are out of contention if either of those teams wins two more games, or if Orlando loses one of its last four and either the 76ers or Bulls win just one more.

"They're probably playing a little better than Philly or Chicago," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "The unfortunate thing is, they're running out of games."

Orlando has won 10 of its last 11, but gets no rest before its next game, which is a tall order: Thursday night at San Antonio, which is still battling Dallas for top seed in the West.

"I tell the guys we've got to take care of our own business, and we're either going to get help from somebody else or not," Orlando coach Brian Hill said.


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