Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Wednesday, December 1st
Game 2: Monday, January 3rd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 9th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th

Raptors 96

(29-42, 8-29 away)

Magic 108

(34-37, 23-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 21 24 24 2796
    ORL 21 34 30 23108

    Top Performers

    Tor: C. Bosh 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Orl: G. Hill 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Rookie Howard chips in 18 points

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic weren't going to grumble about the quality of play after gaining a much-needed victory to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

    Orlando had a double-digit lead for most of the game and forced 23 turnovers, but the Magic still struggled to put away the Toronto Raptors 108-96 Wednesday night.

    Orlando turned those 23 miscues into 34 points, and that was clearly the difference in a game in which neither side sustained the momentum. Grant Hill led Orlando with 21 points, and rookie Dwight Howard contributed 18 points and nine rebounds.

    "At this point, we don't care who it is, we just got to hop on teams early and that's what we did," said forward Pat Garrity, who had 16 points off the bench for Orlando. "We're a little short-handed right now, so to win convincingly at home should be a good boost."

    It was the second straight win for the Magic, who are trying to revive their playoff chances. Both wins came against last-place teams -- Toronto and Atlanta -- but after previously losing 10 of 11 games, none of the Magic players was complaining.

    "We've lost quite a few games to teams with losing records this season, so it's not like we can look down our noses at anybody," Hill said. "We need to start building momentum so winning and winning at home is a good start."

    "Considering the situation we're in, this was a good win," added guard Steve Francis, who had 16 points, nine assists and five turnovers. "We're slowly starting to get it, but we don't want to get in over our heads. We've got to take it one game at a time and see what happens."

    The Raptors clearly were disgusted by their performance. Though they shot 49.3 percent, they kept stifling themselves with careless ballhandling.

    Rookie Chris Bosh had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but six turnovers. Point guard Rafer Alston had 17 points, but only two assists and four turnovers. Toronto cut what had been a 17-point deficit to nine, 87-78, with 9:15 left in the game, but that was the only time in the fourth quarter when the deficit was under 10 points.

    "We are not playing to win," said forward Jalen Rose, the only starter not to have a turnover. "We don't play together. We are just out there playing because it's on the schedule. We need to develop maturity and responsibility, a know-how, a willingness to play to win instead of playing just to play."

    Game notes

    Magic rookie Jameer Nelson missed his first game of the season with a rib injury. ... Nelson and Dwight Howard were the only Magic players to play in every game. ... The Magic scored 129 points against the Raptors in December, their highest point total since a Dec. 7, 2001 game against Atlanta. ... Raptors F Jalen Rose is just 17-for-58 (29 percent) in his last four games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 108
    FGM-FGA 37-75 (.493) 43-92 (.467)
    3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-40 15-46
    Assists 17 24
    Turnovers 24 13
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 20 26
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

    Top Performers

    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 16
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Grant Hill Hill
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1