Vucevic has 30 points, 20 boards; Magic routs Raptors 116-87
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 29, 2018 12:20 PM
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) dribbles to the basket on Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 20 rebounds and the Orlando Magic snapped a four-game losing streak with a 116-87 rout of the Toronto Raptors on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
D.J. Augustin had 17 points and six assists for Orlando, which had five players in double figures and a 60-41 rebounding advantage.
Vucevic became the third player this decade, fifth this century and ninth in the last 44 years to post at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists in a game, the Magic said. Charles Barkley (three times), DeMarcus Cousins (twice), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George McGinnis, David Lee, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Alex English are the other players to accomplish the feat since 1974.
The Magic, who had lost five straight to Toronto, outscored the Raptors 51-16 over a 16-minute span of the middle periods and led by as many as 31 points late in the third quarter.
Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points for the Raptors, who shot 29.5 percent in the final game of a three-game trip. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Raptors (26-11) came into the game with the best record in the Eastern Conference, but fell percentage points behind Milwaukee with the loss.
Vucevic scored 12 points during a 21-6 run late in the first half that helped the Magic to a nine-point lead.
Augustin scored six straight points during a third-quarter run that pushed Orlando's lead to 68-51.
After making eight of their first 12 shots, including a couple of three-pointers by Fred VanVleet, the Raptors took a 19-9 lead. But Toronto made just 11 of its next 51 shots, until Leonard dunked late in the third quarter with Orlando leading 91-60.
Raptors: G Kyle Lowry sat out a second straight game with lower back pain. Lowry has played only once since Dec. 12 (Dec. 13, PHL time). ... The Raptors entered the game with the NBA's best record and as the only team in the top 10 in scoring offense and defense.
Magic: Jonathon Simmons played 20 minutes as the backup point guard. ... The Magic won in their home arena for the first time since Nov. 18 (Nov. 19, PHL time). They won two "home" games in Mexico City in mid-December.
Raptors: At home against Chicago on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Magic: At home against Detroit on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).