ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors have clearly
established two things this season: They don't mind playing on the
road and they are not afraid to shoot 3-pointers.
The Raptors were 9-of-16 from behind the arc, including Morris
Peterson's clinching 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in a 92-90
victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
It was only the fifth win in 25 games this season for the
Raptors, and four of them have come on the road. Toronto is 4-1 on
the road in December.
"I guess we have the attitude that we're in unfamiliar
territory and we have no one but ourselves, so we stick together,"
said point guard Mike James, one of five Toronto players in double
figures with 13 points.
Peterson and Chris Bosh each scored 19 points for Toronto, which
snapped a three-game losing streak. James made a 3-pointer that
gave the Raptors the lead for good with 1:16 remaining.
Francis' layup put the Magic up 86-84 with 1:31 left in the
game, but James answered with his 3-pointer. Jalen Rose followed
with a 15-footer to give the Raptors an 89-86 lead with 46 seconds
Tony Battie, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, made a
20-footer to draw the Magic within 89-88 with 32 seconds left, but
Toronto ran the shot clock down before Peterson's 3-pointer from
the corner as the clock expired.
"That's my bread-and-butter spot," Peterson said. "If you get
an open look like that in this league, you've got to knock down the
shot and we were knocking them down tonight."
The Raptors drew the play up in a timeout huddle with only 2
seconds left on the shot clock and 10 seconds on the game clock.
"With 2 seconds left you just try to get your best look and
Jalen made a great pass to Mo," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.
Orlando shot 65 percent in the first quarter scored 15 straight
points in the middle of the period to go up 21-9, but the offense
sputtered the rest of the night.
"This is a bad loss for us," Magic coach Brian Hill said.
"We've got to get out of this habit of taking two steps forward
and one step back before we can start moving forward again. We lost
defensive discipline on the last play of the game and I didn't like
the way we played offensively all night."
The Raptors cut the deficit to 46-44 by halftime behind 10
second-period points by Rose.
Toronto went ahead 54-53 on a 3-pointer by rookie Joey Graham
with 8:28 left in the third quarter. The Raptors pushed the lead to
77-72 on another 3-pointer, this one by Rose, with 10:17 left in
The Magic dropped to 5-7 at home this season.
"I don't think it was the worst loss of the season because we
played good for periods at a time," Francis said. "But they hit a
lot of big shots late in the game and we weren't able to answer."
^Notes:@ Second-year forward Bosh has led Toronto in scoring 14
straight games. ... Howard is the only Magic player to grab 10 or
more rebounds in a game this season. He has done it 17 times. ...
Rose had scored only six points in his last three games.