One-sided affair

The Toronto Raptors' Morris Peterson drives past Steve Francis of the Orlando Magic during...

The Toronto Raptors' Morris Peterson drives past Steve Francis of the Orlando Magic during first-quarter action at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday night. (Toronto Sun/Ernest Doroszuk)

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

There is nothing particularly magical about what the Orlando Magic brings to the table.

But the way the Raptors played against Orlando without Chris Bosh certainly was a neat trick.

Bosh left last night's game at the Air Canada Centre with with just under eight minutes left in the first quarter after picking up his second foul. He didn't return until the start of the second half.

Instead of falling apart, as some thought they might without their all-star calibre power forward, the Raps rose to the occasion and buried Orlando 121-97 to the delight of the 14,085 on hand.

The Raptors shot 63% from the floor, breaking the record of 61.9%, set in 1996 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Toronto also shot 7-for-10 from beyond the arc.

"We're starting to play with confidence," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "Everybody who played contributed and the thing that makes you feel good about this win was, your best player was not playing a lot, but he's leading the cheer. And that says a lot about Chris and lot about how our team is starting to grow a little bit."

The game was so one-sided that Mitchell actually put Loren Woods into the game, the first time the veteran centre has seen action since Nov.7. In fact, all 12 players got into the game and scored.

It was Toronto's fourth consecutive victory and second in a row at the formerly unfriendly confines of the ACC. The Raps are 10-22, while the Magic fell to 12-17.

Starting point guard Mike James put together his fourth consecutive outstanding performance, scoring 17 points with seven assists. Morris Peterson, filling in at shooting guard, also had a strong outing with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Bosh managed two points and one board in the first half, but came on strong in the second, picking up eight points in the third quarter.

Peterson said the Raps began riding Bosh at the half when they led 61-42, jokingly suggesting that they don't need him any longer.

"We reminded him that when he left Georgia Tech, they went to the Final Four," Peterson said, laughing. "And when he was there, they were terrible."

Rookie forward Charlie Villanueva, who landed in Mitchell's doghouse with a lacklustre performance in Atlanta on Tuesday, rebounded off the bench with 24 points. Matt Bonner also had a big game off the bench. The Red Rocket had 13.

The Magic were without star forward Grant Hill, who suffered a groin injury in Orlando's 108-99 loss in Detroit on Tuesday night. Second-year guard Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 31 points and six assists off the bench.

The Raptors pulled down 34 boards to 21 for Orlando -- a franchise low.


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