Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lowry, Joseph Lead Raptors Past Magic 106-103 in London's O2 Arena

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lowry, Joseph Lead Raptors Past Magic 106-103 in London's O2 Arena

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Lowry, Joseph lead Raptors past Magic 106-103

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LONDON, England, United Kingdom - The Toronto Raptors are becoming accustomed to putting in extra effort on their trans-Atlantic trips.

Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, Cory Joseph had 19 and the Raptors won their fourth straight game Thursday, holding off the Orlando Magic 106-103 before a sold-out crowd at London's O2 Arena.

"We've been in situations like this before," Lowry said of the tense finish. "We're not going to panic."

The last time the Raptors (25-15) visited London, back in March, 2011, they lost in triple overtime to the Nets, a see-saw game that saw DeMar DeRozan and former Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani both miss last-second shots.

This time, DeRozan had 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors avenged a Nov. 6 loss in Orlando that spoiled Toronto's franchise-best 5-0 start.

"That's a well-coached team," Lowry said of the Magic. "They play so hard. We feel good to beat a team that's that good, that talented and that well-coached."

Seven Raptors reached double figures, with Jonas Valanciunas scoring 13, and Bismack Biyombo, Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola each getting 11.

Asked whether he'd suffered from jet-lag and fatigue, Lowry looked at the stat sheet and noted that he and DeRozan had combined to shoot 9 for 39, then crumpled the page and tossed it in a nearby trash can.

"No excuses," he said with a chuckle.

Joseph had no such issues, connecting on nine of 11 attempts.

"Cory came off the bench with some juice," coach Dwane Casey said.

Joseph said he enjoyed playing in front of the loud London fans.

"It was definitely a little bit different," Joseph said. "The atmosphere was great. It felt like a playoff game."

Victor Oladipo scored 27 points and Evan Fournier had 21 as Orlando (20-19) lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, while Tobias Harris had 16 points and 11 boards. …

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