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- The Raptors are going for a four-game season sweep of the Magic. Toronto coach Dwane Casey doesn’t put much stock in the first three games and particularly the last one, a game the Magic played without Glen Davis or Jameer Nelson. Toronto won by 37 points. “They’re a totally different team, playing much batter basketball, and so are we,” Casey said.
- The Magic have sprung leaks defensively. Since holding opponents to 94.4 points per game through their first 28 games, they have given up 108.6 points per game since then, holding only two of their last 13 opponents under 100. They have dropped from sixth to 20th in points allowed, and they are last in the league in forcing opposing turnovers, only 11.93 per game. “Amazing how your mind works,” said coach Jacque Vaughn. “That’s the most powerful tool that you have. Early on when we were playing defense at an extremely great rate, we weren’t scoring the ball. Now that we’re scoring it at a decent clip you have to convince yourself that there’s a job to be done on the other end as well.”
- The Raptors took the Miami Heat into overtime Wednesday night before losing, 123-116. The stunning statistic in that game was Toronto’s 53-28 rebound disadvantage against the worst rebounding team in the NBA.
- RAPTORS LINEUP: Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson, DeMar DeRozan, Jose Calderon.
- MAGIC LINEP: Arron Afflalo, Davis, Nikola Vucevic, J.J. Redick, Nelson.
– Dick Scanlon