Resting Raptors beat Magic 112-101
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 09, 2018 08:25 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 6: The Toronto Raptors huddle before the game against the Boston Celtics on February 6, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — C.J. Miles scored 22 points, OG Anunoby had a career-high 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 112-101 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Serge Ibaka scored 13 points, and Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright each had 12. The Raptors closed out their home schedule by extending their franchise records for wins (58) and home wins (34).
After clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) with a win over Indiana, the Raptors gave guard DeMar DeRozan and center Jonas Valanciunas the night off. Toronto will rest players again Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) at Detroit, then return to full strength Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for the regular-season finale at Miami.
Aaron Gordon scored 16 points and Mario Hezonja had 14 for Orlando. The Magic lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Toronto has beaten Orlando twice in that stretch.
Magic rookie Khem Birch, who was born in Montreal, matched his career high with 12 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds in his first NBA game in Canada.
The Raptors swept the season series against the Magic for the first time since 2015-15. Toronto has won 18 of its past 21 meetings with Orlando.
Raptors center Lucas Nogueria made his third start of the season in place of Valanciunas but left midway through the first quarter with a sore left hamstring and did not return.
Norm Powell, who started in DeRozan's place, suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter but returned in the second. Powell finished with 13 points.
Guard Fred VanVleet left in the second quarter with a sore lower back and did not return.
Orlando's Terrence Ross returned after missing more than four months because of injuries to his right knee and leg. Ross, who started his career with the Raptors, had been sidelined since Nov. 29 (Nov. 30, PHL time). He scored three points in 10 minutes.
Miles and OG Anunoby each had a pair of three-pointers in the first and Toronto shot 6-for-12 from long range in the opening quarter, building a 35-24 lead after one.
Miles added eight more points in the second. Toronto led 61-50 at halftime.
Anunoby scored 11 points in the third, and Miles had eight as the Raptors extended the lead to 89-74.
Magic: Vucevic (back) and Gordon (right calf) returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) loss to Charlotte. Vucevic finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Raptors: G Delon Wright thanked fans foe their support in a brief pregame address. ... A moment of silence was held before the game in honor of the 15 members of the Saskatchewan junior hockey team killed when a semi-trailer hit its bus Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Magic: At Milwaukee on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). The Magic have lost nine of their past 10 road games in the series.
Raptors: At Detroit on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). The Raptors have won five straight against the Pistons.