Howard has 36 points as Magic beat Raptors


TORONTO (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 36 points and 13 rebounds, Ryan Anderson added 19 points and 13 boards, and the Orlando Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 92-88 on Monday night.

J.J. Redick scored 13 points, making a key 3 pointer in the final 10 seconds, and Jameer Nelson had 11 for the Magic, who have won five of seven and nine of 12.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 for the Raptors, who have not won back-to-back games since road wins over Phoenix and Utah on Jan. 24 and 25. Toronto has gone 6-13 since.

Jerryd Bayless scored 15 and James Johnson had 13 for Toronto, while Aaron Gray had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Orlando led 68-63 to begin the fourth, but Toronto cut the gap to one with a jumper and two free throws from Bayless. Anderson answered with a 3, then completed a three-point play to put the Magic up 74-67 with 9:03 left.

Orlando later had a 7-0 run over a 2:20 span, including a pair of baskets by Howard and a fast-break layup by Jason Richardson, to take an 87-78 lead with 2:58 to go.

Jose Calderon stopped the run with a 3 and, after Howard missed a pair of free throws, DeRozan banked in a shot to make it 87-83.

Howard missed four more from the line before Bayless was fouled with 31 seconds left. He made them both, cutting it to 87-85, but Redick drained a 3 right in front of the Toronto bench with 9 seconds remaining, restoring Orlando's five-point cushion.

Toronto called time and drew up a play for Calderon, whose 3 made it 90-88 with 6 seconds left. Redick was fouled and sealed it by making both.

Howard had 10 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter as Orlando led 23-20. Three of his five baskets came on dunks.

Howard scored six more in the second and Anderson had nine rebounds as the Magic overcame a 14-point quarter by DeRozan to take a 43-38 lead into halftime.

Toronto used a 9-0 run in the third to take its first lead since 12-9 of the opening quarter. Leandro Barbosa's 3-pointer with 6:26 left gave the Raptors a 51-49 edge.

Howard led the Magic back, scoring 11 points over the next 5 ½ minutes, including an alley-oop dunk from Redick, as Orlando took a five-point edge into the final quarter.

NOTES: Toronto was without forward Amir Johnson (right knee). Ed Davis started in Johnson's place and C Solomon Alabi was activated. ... Magic F Quentin Richardson (strained right Achilles) missed his fourth straight game. ... Howard made four of 14 free throw attempts. ... Hedo Turkoglu matched a season high with nine assists. ... Toronto played home games on consecutive nights for the second time this season and 10th time in team history.