DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors held off a furious rally to earn a 98-93 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Sunday evening.
Kyle Lowry added 16 points and five assists.
The Raptors built a 21-point lead in the second half. The Magic closed the gap to nine by the beginning of the fourth quarter. They tied the game early in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer by Victor Oladipo, but the Raptors had the lead back to nine with 2:19 to go in the game. After Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris made back-to-back layups, DeRoan’s three pushed the lead back to eight. Then, Oladipo hit a jumper and Arron Afflalo made a three after a turnover. After another stop, the Magic were called for a five second violation trailing 96-93 and DeRozan’s free throws clinched the game.
The Magic were led by double-double machine Nikola Vucevic, who scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists.
Oladipo and Jameer Nelson scored 16 points apiece while Harkless and Harris each scored 14.
The Raptors are now 42-31 and the Magic are 21-53.