Lowry scores 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter to lead Raptors over Magic
Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry smiles after his penalty shot brings up the 100 point mark during his team's 105-90 win over Orlando Magic in NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Daniel Girard, The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:12PM EST
TORONTO -- Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry had 17 points in the third quarter as the Raptors pulled away from the Orlando Magic on route to a 105-90 win at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.
Lowry, who was just 1-for-7 from the field in the first half, hit all five of his attempts in the third quarter. He had four from beyond the three-point arc in the period, including a 25-footer at the buzzer which brought the crowd of 17,435 to their feet.
Lowry scored the final 14 points for the Raptors in the third quarter and the first two of the fourth quarter as Toronto stretched a three-point halftime edge into a lead of 18 points.
Lowry finished with 28 points as the Raptors (31-25) won for the second straight game and fifth time in their last six outings. Toronto is six games above .500 for the first time since Feb. 24, 2010, when they were also 31-25.
Lowry, who set a new career-high with his 130th three-pointer of the season on Friday, now has 134.
DeMar DeRozan added 24 points for the Raptors, who had five players score in double-figures.
Tobias Harris matched Lowry's 28 points to lead Orlando (17-41), which dropped to 3-26 on the road this season.
The Raptors, who shot just 41.7 per cent from the field in the first half, were 12-for-14 in the third as they widened their lead to 80-65 despite turning the ball over nine times over that 12-minute span.
The Raptors finished the night with 24 turnovers.
Amir Johnson left midway through the third quarter with what was described by Raptors personnel as a right ankle sprain. He had 12 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes before leaving.
Toronto led 44-41 at halftime despite poor shooting and sloppy ball handling.
Johnson led the way for the Raptors in the first half with a team-high 10 points, on a tidy 5-for-6 shooting, and six rebounds. Grevis Vasquez added eight points off the bench, all in the second quarter.
But the Raptors, who came into the night averaging an NBA-low 10.9 turnovers per game in February, turned the ball over 11 times in the first half. That led to 10 points by the Magic.
Orlando's Harris led all scorers at halftime, hitting 7-for-10 from the field on his way to 15 points.
But both teams struggled with their shooting -- Toronto 41.7 per cent at halftime, Orlando 44.4 per cent.
The Raptors closed out the first quarter on an 11-2 run to lead 19-14.
Harris had 10 points in the opening quarter, eight of them as the Magic went on a 10-0 run.
DeRozan had seven points to lead Toronto in the first quarter while Johnson had five rebounds.