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TORONTO — OG Anunoby tied his season high with 32 points as the Toronto Raptors bounced back from a pair of bad losses with a 121-108 rout of the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

Pascal Siakam had 26 points and 10 assists as the Raptors (12–11) sent the Magic – the league’s worst team at 5–19 – to their eighth straight loss.

Scottie Barnes had 17 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, while Fred VanVleet had 13 points and seven assists.

Former Raptors Terrence Ross and Bol Bol scored 18 points each to lead the Magic.

The Raptors came back from a disastrous two-game road trip that VanVleet summed up simply: “We just suck.” He dug himself a 36-point hole in Friday’s 114-105 loss to Brooklyn. It was a similar story two nights earlier in a 126-108 blowout loss in New Orleans.

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Coach Nick Nurse said there was nothing to panic on Saturday. The players were gathering, he said, “to talk about getting better starts and getting ready for jumps and things like that.

“They’re very attentive and focused. They understand what’s not acceptable here. They’re trying to work and get through this.

Seems to have worked. The Raptors shot to an early 11-point lead on eight of their first 10 shots, and shot an impressive 71.4 percent in the first quarter. Barnes’ turnaround shot with 1.8 seconds left in the frame sent them into second with a 36–22 lead.

The Raptors jumped out to a 17-point lead early in the second and headed into halftime with a 64–48 lead.

Midway through the third, Anunoby, who leads the league in steals, snatched the ball from Moritz Wagner and finished with a running dunk that made it 25–8 and gave Toronto a 33-point lead. The Raptors led 94–73 with one quarter remaining.

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Ross, who was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field including four three-pointers, scored from long range with 5:42 to play to pull the Magic within 17 points. But that’s as close as the visitors will come, and Nurse ends his opening moments later.

The Magic have been hit by injuries, and were missing top rebounder Wendell Carter Jr., point guards Jalen Suggs and Mo Bamba on Saturday.

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The Raptors have won or tied the season series against Orlando for the last 10 seasons, and have now won nine of their last 11 home games against Orlando as of March of 2017… A short video featuring Magic rookie and Canadian Caleb Houston Recognized with tribute. The forward from Mississauga, Ontario, who was drafted 32nd overall, had eight points in 24 minutes.

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Saturday started nine of 14 games at home for the Raptors, where they are 9-2 this season.

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The Raptors host the conference-leading Boston Celtics on Monday and LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 3, 2022.

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