Bosh quiet in Raps win

Raptors' Chris Bosh (right) and Hedo Turkoglu congratulate each other after defeating the Magic on...

Raptors' Chris Bosh (right) and Hedo Turkoglu congratulate each other after defeating the Magic on Wednesday. (REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

ORLANDO -- The law of averages favoured the Raptors Wednesday night.

Timing was also on their side.

In three previous meetings against the Magic this season, Toronto came up short. Not this time, even though the Raptors basically imploded for most of the fourth quarter, but dug deep to hold off the Magic, who haven't been playing well of late and were on the second game of a back-to-back.

While the Raptors won it 108-103, to climb back to the .500 mark, there were some glaring weaknesses that must be cleaned up, especially on defence.

Incredibly, Orlando wasn't called for its first foul in the fourth quarter until one minute remained.

Mind you, the Raptors weren't exactly aggressive, preferring to move the ball on the perimeter, but no fouls in 11 minutes raises eyebrows.

More damning was the 10-0 disparity in Orlando's favour when it came to fouls, a factor that may have contributed to Toronto's lethargy.

"It slowed the game down," Chris Bosh said.

Bosh had a quiet night, but a late possession that sent him to the line, where he converted, was one of many key plays the Raptors finally made in preserving their win, a victory that comes on the heels of another quality win when they beat San Antonio on Sunday.

"We came out with a focus, a different mentality where we hit first," said Jarrett Jack, who provided some late-game suspense after he missed an attempt from the charity stripe. "We have to keep rolling."

One player who was on a roll was Andrea Bargnani. That is until the officials began to call some dubious fouls, ultimately leading to him fouling out.

Bargnani has been playing some solid post defence to complement his offence, helping the Raptors turn Superman, Dwight Howard, into a super stiff. Howard tied a Raptors opponent record by committing seven first-half turnovers. He ended the night by turning over the ball nine times and nearly recorded an ugly triple-double.

"Andrea did an outstanding job on Dwight," praised head coach Jay Triano. "He made him work all game. We tried not to double at any point. I thought Andrea did a real good job of playing him by himself and forcing him to take tough shots."

The day will arrive when officials begin to respect Bargnani, but that time clearly hasn't come.

"You just have to play through it because you can't control what the officials call," Bargnani said.

The weather in central Florida has been unseasonably cold, but the extra days between Sunday's game did provide a much-needed lift.

Jose Calderon's return to the lineup also gave Triano another ball handler and another shooter. Calderon made his first shot from the field and was on the floor in the fourth quarter, a period that saw Triano use his bench for defensive purposes following timeouts.

"I feel good," Calderon said. "Orlando really challenged us in the fourth quarter, but we kept our poise. This is a big win for us."

Hedo Turkoglu, a one-time Magic who helped lead Orlando to last year's appearance in the NBA final, finally got to celebrate a win against his former team.

Turkoglu isn't one to get nostalgic, playing down each of his meetings against Orlando. But Wednesday, he couldn't help but crack a smile, even though fans booed him when he stepped to the line in a clutch situation late, making both of his shots.

"It was nice to hear the boos," Turkoglu said. "They're the same fans who cheered last year. It's all in fun. I'm glad we came out and won the game."


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