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Magic falls late to Toronto as Raptors shoot 45 free throws

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The Orlando Magic didn’t have enough at the end to upset the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon.

The Magic scored only 18 in the fourth period, and free throws by the Raptors made the difference in a 105-100 loss by Orlando. Orlando lost a 6-point lead in the final minutes as it hit only three of 13 shots down the stretch.

Orlando led by one point after three periods, but could not hang on despite 21 points by Victor Oladipo and 21 more by Evan Fournier. For Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 25 and Luis Scola had 20.

“They’re good at drawing fouls,” Magic coach Scott Skiles said. “If a team earns 45 free throws, you’ve got to play almost perfectly. We don’t have a big margin for error.”

It was the fourth straight loss by Orlando.

Toronto attempted 45 free throws in its victory.

The Magic play at the Boston Celtics tonight.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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