|Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson (15) tries to hold back Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)|
Anderson scores 24, Magic rally past Raptors
ORLANDO, Fla.—Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and led a fourth-quarter rally that sent the Orlando Magic past the Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Sunday night.
The Magic trailed by as many as 16 points, but went on a 16-0 run in the final period. Orlando shot 4-for-5 on 3-pointers during the burst, with Anderson making two of them, as the Magic took a 94-88 lead with 3:05 left.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, who have won four straight since a season-opening loss to Oklahoma City. J.J. Redick added 21 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points and seven assists.
Andrea Bargnani paced the Raptors with 28 points, and Jose Calderon had 18 points and 13 assists.
Magic shot 44.4 percent from 3-point range and were 5-for-7 in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors took a double-digit lead late in the first quarter behind some strong shooting from Calderon and Bargnani. The Magic responded, going up 40-39 after a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter that included eight points from Anderson.
Bargnani led all scorers with 19 points after two quarters of play.
NOTES: Jameer Nelson returned for the Magic after missing one game with a neck spasm. He finished with nine points. ... Toronto guard Jerryd Bayless didn't play because of a sprained ankle he sustained Friday against Dallas. There's no definite timetable for his return. ... Calderon surpassed the 3,000-assist mark. ... Howard, who had 24 rebounds in each of the Magic's past two games, was attempting to become the first player with 24-plus rebounds in three consecutive games since Dennis Rodman in November 1993. ... Anderson, who is 21-for-45 (46.6 percent) from deep this season, leads the NBA in 3-pointers made and attempted.