Anunoby hits season-high 32, Raptors defeats Magic 121-108 NBA

TORONTO (AP) — OG Anunoby hit his season-high with 32 points, Pascal Siakam had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors outmaneuvered Orlando 121-108 on Saturday and handed the collapsing Magic their eighth straight loss.

Scottie Barnes scored 17 points and had a season-high 14 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet had 13 points as the Raptors won their third straight home game and improved to 9-2 north of the border.

Toronto shot a season-best .560 and made 47 of 84 attempts.

Bol Bol scored 18 points for Orlando, who has the worst record in the NBA at 5-19. The Magic are 1-11 on the way.

Bol was the only Magic starter to break double digits. Paolo Banchero, who finished as the NBA’s top rookie scorer, shot 2-of-8 to finish with nine points.

“It’s a long season, a lot of games,” said Banchero. “You’re going to have nights like this. You just have to move on to the next one.”

Former raptor Terrence Ross had 18 points, Admiral Schofield had 13 and Cole Anthony had 12.

The ailing Magic were again without top rebounder Wendell Carter Jr., who missed his ninth straight game with a right foot injury, and point guard Jalen Suggs, who missed his fifth straight game with a sore right ankle.

After being blown out in New Orleans on Wednesday and again in Brooklyn on Friday, the Raptors started this game better.

“We just wanted to regroup, get better,” said Barnes. “There was an uneasy feeling in the dressing room (Friday).”

Toronto had five dunks in the first quarter and scored 26 points in the color to lead 36-22 after one.

“They played like a determined team,” said Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley. “Anunoby set the tone early on.”

Anunoby shot 12 for 17. Four of his 10 baskets from 2-point range were dunks.

“I like it when he goes down there and makes a move and suddenly he dives in,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse. “There’s some power to get to that point and then there’s a lot of burst left at the end.”

After scoring 13 points in the first quarter and making six shots out of seven, Anunoby hit on all three of his field goal attempts and went 3-on-3 at the line in the second. With 23 points by the break, he equaled his career-high for points in a half.

Toronto led 64-48 at the break and took a 94-73 lead.

Bol nabbed the rebound from Siakam’s blocked shot late in the second minute and drove the length of the court for a huge one-handed slam that made the crowd gasp.

After using 10 different starting lineups in their last 10 games, Toronto went into the Nets with the same five starters from Friday’s loss; Anunoby, Siakam, VanVleet, Barnes and rookie center Christian Koloko.

Magic: G Gary Harris (distorted right hamstring) sat for the second straight game. Orlando was also without C Mo Bamba (back spasms), C Jonathan Isaac (left knee) and F Chuma Okeke (left knee). …missed their first six 3-point attempts.

Raptors: F Juancho Hernangomez retired in the first half with a sprained right ankle and did not return. X-rays showed no fracture. …F Precious Achiuwa (right ankle) missed his 11th straight game and F Otto Porter Jr. (dislocated toe, left foot) missed his eighth straight game. … With his fourth point of the game, Siakam overtook Andrea Bargnani (6,581) for fifth on Toronto’s all-time points list…. Siakam had eight rebounds.

Magic: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Raptors: host the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

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