The Magic had the
Looking to reach .500 after 26 games, the Magic slipped to 12-14.
Despite shooting the ball well (50 percent), they were unable to get key stops and turned the ball over too much, sins that undermined a late comeback effort.
The Magic nearly pulled it out despite the absence of Davis.
Trailing by 11 with just over four minutes remaining, the Magic closed to 91-90 on point guard
"Great look. I think everyone from our view thought it was going in," coach
The Magic corralled the rebound off Redick's miss. But Nelson lost it in the scramble as the night, fittingly, ended on a turnover, Orlando's 18th, on a steal by Pietrus.
The Magic's turnovers accounted for 17 points while the Raptors (9-19) took care of the ball better, making just nine miscues for only 11 points.
"You never like to say you won or lost the game on one play in the fourth quarter," said shooting guard
"The turnovers that occur in the first and second quarters are just as responsible. We have to do a better job as a whole throughout the entire game."
The Raptors also hit eight 3-pointers — four more than the Magic, who shot just 28.6 percent from long range.
The Magic started rookie
"It's tough. We normally close with that group," Redick said. "That's what really hurt, not being able to go to that lineup."
While Nicholson had a poor night with just six points on 3-of-10 shooting and three turnovers, Ayon was solid. He finished with 13 rebounds and 12 points and played with impact.
Typical of their defensive shortcomings, after Vucevic scored midway in the fourth period to cut the deficit to 80-74, on the ensuing possession
Nelson then drained a jumper to trim the margin to six. However,
Davis was not with the team after he sustained a sprained left shoulder in the Magic's victory Wednesday night against the
The Magic will need to find more answers in his absence.
"Injuries are part of the game," Afflalo said. "It's no excuse."