There was nothing supernatural or mysterious about the Raptors win over the Orlando Magic last night.
Toronto's 92-85 victory at the Air Canada Centre was more a product of good, solid work on defence, especially on the boards, a couple of huge games by the club's two young stars, Chris Bosh and T.J. Ford, and a bench that stepped up with rookie forward Andrea Bargnani out of action.
"We rebounded, we didn't give them second shots, and that's the key to how we won the game," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "(Rebounds) are something we've had problems with, but when our guys focus and lock in on it, they can do."
The Raptors kept the Magic to 37% shooting from the floor and outrebounded Orlando 55-38, a season-high for the Raptors.
Bosh finished with his 32nd double-double of the season, contributing 34 points and 16 rebounds. He has 109 rebounds in his career, one away from tying Antonio Davis' franchise record.
Ford recorded his 12th double-double, scoring 16 points, with 12 assists, and was key early in the fourth when he scored a long two pointer and then setup Kris Humphries for a layup on the next possession to push Toronto's lead to 11.
The Raptors were without three key players, starting shooting guard Anthony Parker, a late scratch because of a sprained right ankle, backup point guard Jose Calderon, with a sprained left ankle, and Bargnani, who had his appendix removed on Tuesday night. With those three out, Bosh played 46 minutes and Ford almost 47.
"We're trying to win basketball games and your better players have to play more minutes this time of the season and into the playoffs," Mitchell said.
Morris Peterson started in place of Parker, but it was a threesome off the bench, Humphries, Juan Dixon, and Joey Graham who came through. Humphries picked up six points and as many rebounds in 17 minutes, Dixon had 15 points and seven boards and Graham nine points and seven rebounds.
Orlando centre Dwight Howard, despite being doubled and even triple-teammed at times, also picked up a double-double, with 17 points and 12 boards.