Parker scores 26 points as Raptors beat Magic
Published: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 4:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 4:29 p.m.
TORONTO — Anthony Parker scored a season-high 26 points, Chris Bosh added 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors overcame a 39-point performance by Orlando's Dwight Howard to beat the Magic 108-102 on Sunday.
Parker was 13-of-16 from the field and came within one point of his career high. The Raptors also got 18 points from Andrea Bargnani, 12 from Roko Ukic and 11 from Will Solomon.
Howard matched his career high in both points and field goals, but it wasn't enough for Orlando, which had won 17 of 20 coming in.
Up by one to start the fourth quarter, the Magic were unable to put scrappy Toronto away. After seven lead changes, Bosh broke a 101-all tie with a pair of free throws with 2:27 left, putting the Raptors on top for good.
Rashard Lewis had 20 points and six 3-pointers for the Magic, who shot 15-for-34 from beyond the arc. Jameer Nelson scored 15 for Orlando.
Howard scored nine points before the game was three minutes old, but was forced to the bench after picking up his second foul at 9:25. Toronto took advantage, closing the first quarter on a 20-5 run to lead 34-22.
Howard returned to start the second quarter, but Toronto pushed its lead to 44-28 before Orlando clawed back. Nelson had eight points and Howard added nine more in the quarter as the Magic cut the gap to 56-49 at the half.
A 10-2 run to end the third gave Orlando its first lead since 15-14 midway through the first quarter, with Howard's breakaway dunk with 33 seconds left sending the Magic into the final frame holding a 78-77 edge.
Toronto forward Jermaine O'Neal (right knee) missed his third consecutive game, while guard Jose Calderon (right hamstring) did not dress. Coach Jay Triano said Calderon would likely miss this week's road trip to Milwaukee and Washington.
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