TORONTO (AP) — Terrence Ross and the Orlando Magic shook off the disappointment of a difficult loss by taking down Ross’ former team.
Ross scored 28 points, Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 12 rebounds and the Magic beat the Raptors 113-98 on Sunday night, ending Toronto’s winning streak at seven.
Jonathan Isaac scored 16 points and DJ Augustin had 12 as the Magic won for the sixth time in seven games. Orlando had won a season-best five straight before a 110-109 home loss to Chicago last Friday.
“This is the part of the season where you’ve got to move forward, no matter what,” Ross said of moving past last Friday’s narrow defeat. “You can’t let that determine how you start the next game. You’ve got to make sure that you’re ready to play.”
Ross, who played over four seasons in Toronto, connected on nine of 21 attempts, including three of eight from three-point range, and matched his season high with nine rebounds. He has led the Magic in scoring 11 times this season, including five of the past 10 games.
“He’s been great,” Vucevic said. “When he scores for us like that, it just gives us a huge advantage.”
Orlando made 12 of 20 field goals in the fourth quarter and led by double digits for the final nine minutes.
“I thought we played hard, with a tonne of intensity,” coach Steve Clifford said.
Kyle Lowry had 19 points and 10 assists and Pascal Siakam had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who lost for the first time since January 31 against Milwaukee.
“Just never really got in a rhythm,” coach Nick Nurse said. “They made some big shots every time we thought we were right where we needed to be.”
Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard did not play after scoring 25 points, 19 of them in the second half, in last Friday’s win over San Antonio. He will return for the game against Eastern Conference rival Boston.