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