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Magic at Raptors: Orlando visits East's best

Just past the quarter mark of the NBA season, Toronto has established itself as a championship contender.

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Patrick Patterson
Patrick Patterson
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The Orlando Magic take to the road Monday for the first of two away game against Atlantic Division foes. The Toronto Raptors, their first opponent on this brief trip, own the East's best record at 18-6.

Tipoff between Orlando and Toronto is set for 7:30 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic snapped a two-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Saturday as Tobias Harris drained a long two-pointer as time expired, lifting his club to a 100-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Harris finished the night with 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a strong all-around performance. Nikola Vucevic returned to Orlando's lineup after a six-game absence and picked up where he left off, tallying 18 points and 11 boards.

Toronto's last time out: The Raptors eked past the New York Knicks in overtime Sunday, 95-90, behind a 22-point outing from third-year swingman Terrence Ross. The former Washington standout shot 8-of-14 from the floor in 33 minutes, in part helping to offset the 34-point performance Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony posted. Kyle Lowry, a likely All-Star, went for 21 points, 11 assists, and six steals.

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The last meeting: The Magic held an 83-72 lead after three periods on November 11th, but Toronto's second unit helped spark a fourth-quarter comeback to give the Raptors a 104-100 victory. Patrick Patterson and Lou Williams combined for 26 points on the night, and scored 17 of them in the final frame, matching the Magic's total output and completing the comeback. The loss frustrated Magic big man Channing Frye, who drilled five triples in a losing effort.

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