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Fultz, Anthony play but Magic fall to Raptors for 8th straight loss

Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel on

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A big question entering the Orlando Magic’s Saturday road game at the Toronto Raptors was whether guards Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz would be available with the matchup being the second night of a back-to-back.

They were, but the Magic suffered one of their worst losses of the season anyway, falling to Raptors, 121-108, at Scotiabank Arena for their eighth consecutive loss.

The Magic planted the seeds of a poor performance early.

Bol Bol had a live-ball turnover on the first possession, leading to a Christian Koloko dunk. The Magic had three turnovers in the first 4 1/2 minutes and allowed the Raptors to get into the paint at will in the opening quarter, leading to a 36-22 Raptors advantage.

The Magic’s bench (60 points), which was led by Terrence Ross’ 18 points, helped the final deficit make the game look closer than it was.

The Raptors led by at least 15 for most of the second half, including by a game-high 33 in the third. The Magic’s reserves played with significantly more energy defensively and had better ball movement, especially in the fourth when the game wasn’t competitive, cutting the lead down to 13 — the final margin of defeat — late in the fourth.

 

All of the Magic’s starters finished with an individual plus/minus of at least minus-17 while all of the Raptors’ starters finished with a plus/minus of at least plus-21.

OG Anunoby led Toronto with 32 points, four assists and three steals while Pascal Siakim added 26 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. The Raptors scored 70 (35-of-50 shooting) points in the paint.

Bol was the lone Magic starter to score in double figures, finishing with 18 points to go with seven rebounds but also had five turnovers.

Admiral Schofield added 13 points off the bench.

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