Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Tuesday, October 30th
Game 2: Sunday, January 27th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 27th
Game 4: Sunday, March 10th

Magic 90

(31-26, 14-16 away)

Raptors 85

(29-30, 16-14 home)

    8:00 PM ET, February 27, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 27 19 24 2090
    TOR 20 27 26 1285

    Top Performers

    Orl: H. Grant 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: K. Clark 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast

    Raptors scoreless over last 4:54, lose ninth straight

    TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter just can't dunk. The Toronto Raptors just can't win.

    Vince Carter

    Vince Carter couldn't watch the Raptors' ninth straight loss after fouling out with less than a minute left.

    Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and Toronto went scoreless in the last 4:54 as the Orlando Magic beat the Raptors 90-85 Wednesday night, Toronto's ninth straight loss.

    "I might not dunk the rest of the season," Carter said.

    Carter had 22 points in his second game back from the injured list. The Raptors went 0-7 when Carter was out with a strained left quadriceps

    "It's still a little sore, a little painful, but I can't quit now," Carter said. "I'm not trying to be a hero. I definitely would not have come back if I wasn't ready. I'm still able to play, but I'm not as effective. I don't have the lift off that I normally have. It's funny when you get booed because of a layup. It's two points, you're trying to win a game."

    Carter, booed after failing to dunk on a breakaway, went to the foul line just twice, while McGrady made all 10 of his free throws. McGrady also had eight assists.

    "I don't think Vince is comfortable," McGrady said. "I think something is still bothering him. Maybe he's still hurt and trying to play on that injured leg. I hope he ain't trying to be a hero. If he's hurt he should rest, but it's not just him.

    "They have a talented team over there. They definitely shouldn't have the record that they have right now."

    Keon Clark added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Antonio Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who are on their longest losing streak since a 13-game skid from March 20-April 12, 1998.

    Toronto fell one game below .500 (29-30)

    Horace Grant added 18 points for the Magic, who have won five of their last six.

    "For a team not known for it's defense, we played great D tonight," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said.

    Carter's rainbow jumper gave Toronto a six-point lead with 4:54 remaining -- Toronto's last points of the night. The Raptors missed their last nine shots.

    McGrady, guarded by Carter, followed with a turnaround jumper. McGrady then assisted on Darrell Armstrong's wide open 3-pointer, which narrowed Toronto's lead to one with 3:09 left.

    Grant made an uncontested layup off an inbounds pass, giving Orlando the lead with 2:20 remaining.

    "That was my mistake," Clark said.

    A variety of Raptors then missed shots before Armstrong made two free throws with 15 seconds left, giving Orlando a 3-point lead.

    Morris Peterson, who went 0-for-7 from the field, then missed an off-balance 3-pointer. Armstrong followed with two free throws with less than 10 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

    "We locked down our defense," McGrady said. "We made them take tough shots."

    Toronto shot 38.5 percent, compared to 50 percent for Orlando.

    "You can't win when you shoot 39 percent and score 12 points in the fourth quarter," McGrady said.

    Clark had 12 points as Toronto led 47-46 at halftime.

    McGrady blew by Jerome Williams for a tomahawk dunk in the first quarter. Orlando shot 62.5 percent and led 27-20 at the end of the first period.

    Game notes

    Orlando outscored Toronto 20-12 in the fourth quarter. ... Orlando has won seven of nine. ... Toronto's Hakeem Olajuwon went 1-for-5 from the field for just two points in his second game back from the injured list. ... Olajuwon had four blocks in the second quarter, including one on another aging center, Patrick Ewing.

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