Anderson makes 8 3’s, Magic rout Raptors, 117-101

Ryan Anderson made a career-best eight 3-pointers and finished

with 28 points to help the Orlando Magic win their third straight

game Monday night, beating the Toronto Raptors 117-101.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Jameer Nelson

scored 18 points for the Magic.

Orlando came in leading the NBA in 3-pointers and hit 15 of 34

from beyond the arc in this one, two shy of its season high.

Orlando made 17 3-pointers twice this season, first at New York

on Jan. 16 and also against Miami on Feb. 8.

Anderson’s first 21 points of the game came on 3’s, a streak

that ended when he made a pair of free throws with 9:39 left in the

third quarter. Anderson, who already had three games with seven

3-pointers this season, finished two points shy of the career-high

30 he scored against the Knicks on Jan. 16.

Glenn Davis had 13 and J.J. Redick 12 for the Magic, who never

trailed and led by 23.

The also took care of the ball. After averaging more than 19

turnovers a game in their previous five games, Orlando had nine

against Toronto, four in the final quarter when the game was

already out of reach.

Gary Forbes scored a career-high 21 points, Linas Kleiza had 18

and James Johnson 13 for the Raptors, who have lost five of

six.

Orlando led 24-8 lead after Howard converted an alley-oop pass

from Nelson at 5:07 of the first. After taking their second

timeout, the Raptors roared back with an 18-4 run featuring four

3’s of their own, cutting it to 28-26 after one.

Already without guard DeMar DeRozan, who missed his second

straight game with a sore left ankle, the Raptors lost guard Jerryd

Bayless in the second. Bayless, who had missed the previous two

games, went down clutching his sore left hip with 5:25 left in the

half and had to limp off. He did not return.

With Bayless sidelined, the Raptors were forced to call upon

guard Alan Anderson, who signed a 10-day contract earlier

Monday.

Ryan Anderson, who made three 3’s in the first, added three more

in the second and Howard added eight points as Orlando pulled away

again to take a 61-49 lead at the half.

The Magic led 93-73 heading into the fourth, the most points by

a Toronto opponent after three quarters in any game this

season.

NOTES: Davis needed five stitches to close a cut in his head

after catching an elbow from Calderon in the second. He returned in

the third, wearing a large bandage. … James Johnson started for

Toronto despite missing the morning shootaround with flulike

symptoms. … The Raptors honored Canada’s military by wearing

camouflage uniforms for the second time this season. They’ll wear

them twice more in the final month. … Former Blue Jays outfielder

Joe Carter and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer were at the

game.