Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/19

Game 1: Monday, December 19th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 4th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 12th

Magic 97

(12-17, 4-8 away)

Raptors 121

(10-22, 3-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 4, 2006

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 22 20 26 2997
    TOR 28 33 26 34121

    Top Performers

    Orl: J. Nelson 31 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: C. Villanueva 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Raptors shoot franchise record 63 percent in win

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Orlando Magic grabbed the fewest rebounds in their history and allowed one of the NBA's worst teams to have a record night.

    Rookie Charlie Villanueva scored 24 points and the Toronto Raptors shot a franchise record 63 percent from the field in a 121-97 rout of Orlando on Wednesday night.

    The Raptors (10-22) own the third-worst record in the NBA, but tied a season-high in points and outrebounded the Magic 34-21.

    The 21 rebounds are a franchise-low for Orlando, which lost in Detroit on Tuesday.

    "It was a lack of effort on our part," Magic guard Jameer Nelson said.

    Mike James added 17 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who have won four in a row for the first time since winning five straight in December 2003.

    All 12 players on Toronto's roster scored and seven reached double figures. The Raptors' previous best shooting percentage was 61.9 percent on March 3, 1998 at Cleveland.

    "Guys just stepped up. Everybody, one through 12," Villanueva said.

    Nelson had a career-high 31 points for the Magic, who placed forward Grant Hill on the inactive list before game because of a strained groin. Steve Francis scored 10 points, on just 2-for-7 shooting.

    "They outplayed us in every aspect of the game," Orlando coach Brian Hill said. "We were totally outplayed and outcoached."

    Morris Peterson capped a 14-6 run at the end of the second quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Raptors a 61-42 halftime lead.

    Villanueva, named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December, had 13 points in the half. Chris Bosh, Toronto's best player, played just four minutes in the first half after picking up two early fouls.

    He finished with 10 points in 15 minutes.

    "This shows our growth," Bosh said.

    The Raptors have won six of their last eight games overall, beginning with a 92-90 victory over the Magic on Dec. 19.

    "We had to rebound," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "We remember last year, when they beat us by 24 or 25 on the boards."

    Game notes

    Nelson's previous career-high was 30 on April 13, 2005 versus Detroit. ... Hill, who missed the first 19 games this season after sports hernia surgery, was averaging 17.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in nine games. ... The 21 rebounds were the fewest Toronto has allowed in franchise history.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 121
    FGM-FGA 34-67 (.507) 46-73 (.630)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 7-10 (.700)
    FTM-FTA 24-25 (.960) 22-31 (.710)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-21 8-34
    Assists 17 23
    Turnovers 16 12
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 0 4
    Fast Break Points 15 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 27

    Top Performers

    Jameer Nelson Nelson
    Points: 31
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Charlie Villanueva Villanueva
    Points: 24
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1