Raptors get hot to dump Magic

Published: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
TORONTO - Rookie Charlie Villanueva scored 24 points and the Toronto Raptors shot a franchise record 63 percent from the field in a 121-97 rout of the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Raptors (10-22) own the third-worst record in the NBA, but tied a season-high in points and outrebounded the Magic 34-21.
The 21 rebounds are a franchise-low for Orlando, which lost in Detroit on Tuesday.
Mike James added 17 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who have won four in a row for the first time since Dec. 2-9, 2003.
Seven Toronto players reached double figures in scoring. The Raptors previous best shooting percentage was 61.9 percent on March 3, 1998 at Cleveland.
Jameer Nelson had a career-high 31 points for the Magic, who placed forward Grant Hill on the inactive list before game because of a strained groin.
Steve Francis scored 10 points, on just 2-for-7 shooting.
Morris Peterson capped a 14-6 run at the end of the second quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Raptors a 61-42 halftime lead.
The Raptors have won six of their last eight games overall, beginning with a 92-90 victory over the Magic on Dec. 19.
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    David West scored 20 and Paul had 15 points and nine assists for New Orleans. Kirk Snyder, making his second straight start in place of benched J.R. Smith, added a season-high 13 points.
    Wade, who had a triple-double on Dec. 30, 2004 against Detroit, had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first Heat player to accomplish the feat twice.
  • CAVALIERS 91, BUCKS 84: LeBron James scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead Cleveland over the Bucks.
    Donyell Marshall scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench to help the Cavaliers snap a seven-game losing streak in Milwaukee.
    Michael Redd led the Bucks with 28 points and Bobby Simmons added 18. Jamaal Magloire had 13 points and 12 rebounds. However, the Bucks bench went scoreless.
  • CELTICS 109, BOBCATS 106: Paul Pierce had 31 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and Ricky Davis added 23 points to help the Celtics beat Charlotte.
    Orien Greene's driving layup with 57.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter broke a 102-102 tie and gave the Celtics the lead for good. Bernard Robinson missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
  • TIMBERWOLVES 91, MAVERICKS 78: Marko Jaric scored 22 points to spark struggling Minnesota past Dallas.
    The Timberwolves, who won for only the third time in their last 11 games, were paced by Kevin Garnett's 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
    Wally Szczerbiak contributed his usual 20 points, but Jaric and defensive stalwart Trenton Hassell (14 points) were the catalysts for a team that has been starving for scoring beyond the big two. Garnett and Szczerbiak are the only ones averaging better than 11 points per game.
    Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points, and Marquis Daniels chipped in 16 points for the Mavericks, who were held to a season-low in scoring and shot only 37.2 percent (29-for-78) from the floor.
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