Raptors-Magic: Toronto Beats Orlando, the Referees, and Its Coach

January 7th, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
The Toronto Raptors took advantage of the slumping Orlando Magic Wednesday night to win their only game of the season’s series, 108-103.

The Magic had defeated the Raptors three previous times already this season. Normally one would expect Raptors fans to be relieved and happy at finally stealing a game from their higher-rated rivals, but this game brought forth as much frustration as ecstasy.

The Raptors played well in this game and were in full measure for their win.

The Magic, on the other hand, were frustrated easily, picking up two early technical fouls from arguing calls with the referees. They were understandably tired after losing the front end of a back-to-back the night before and mostly likely mad at themselves for losing their past two games to teams with under .500 records.

At the end of the third quarter, it was the Toronto Raptors in command of this game, 86-68.

To this point the referees had not called many fouls, and the totals stood 18 for Toronto, 14 for Orlando.

Andrea Bargnani was playing excellent single-coverage defense on Dwight Howard, which included an impressive block on a layup att ...

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