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Raptors survive test from Magic

Nov 12, 2014 - 5:56 AM Toronto, ON ( - Kyle Lowry scored 19 points with seven assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic, 104-100, on Tuesday.

DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points, Terrence Ross hit four triples en route to 15 and James Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors. Johnson also played tough defense on Tobias Harris on the game's decisive possession, forcing a miss with 1.9 seconds left.

DeRozan hit two free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.

The 7-1 Raptors are the lone one-loss team in the Eastern Conference.

Evan Fournier paced Orlando with 24 points while Harris went for 23 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points with eight rebounds and six assists and Channing Frye hit five 3-pointers for the Magic, who only got 14 points from their bench.

"This was a test for us," said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn. "We played this team ten days ago. Were we more prepared, were we a batter team, we were smarter than the first time we played them? It was a good challenge for us tonight."

Toronto trailed 83-72 through three quarters, but Lou Williams and Patrick Patterson hit consecutive threes to cap a swift 11-0 run that tied the game.

Fournier's corner trey out of a timeout briefly silenced the crowd and the Magic led until 6:36, when Patterson sank another long ball to give the Raptors their first lead since the first quarter.

The lead was one when Patterson was fouled with 11.8 seconds left and split the pair of free throws, setting up Harris' final look at the basket.

"Orlando scrapped and they outplayed us for three quarters," said Raptors head coach Dwane Casey. "I liked the resolve of our team."

Frye hit four jumpers -- three 3-pointers and a long 2 -- in the opening five minutes to spot the Magic a 13-9 lead. He hit another shot with his foot on the line to close out the first quarter, and Orlando was up 32-24 after one.

DeRozan's jumper at 4:56 had Toronto within five, but that is as close as the hosts would get before halftime. Fournier's deep triple with just over a minute left made it 60-49 and Lowry's layup at the other end had the Raptors within nine at halftime.

Harris, Vucevic and Fournier were the only three Orlando players to score in the third quarter, but the trio combined to outscore Toronto, 23-21.

Game Notes

Raptors forward Landry Fields was inactive with the flu ... Highly-touted rookie Bruno Caboclo dressed but did not make his NBA debut ... The Raptors are 5-0 at home for the first time since 2003 ... DeRozan needs just three points to pass Andrea Bargnani for third on the franchise's all-time scoring list.