It’s been an all too familiar feeling for the Orlando Magic all season long. Facing the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, the Magic were hoping to snap what had become a six-game losing streak dating before the All-Star break.

Steady consistency on both ends of the floor, however, have continued to plague Orlando and that became the issue once again against Toronto. The Raptors came alive in the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Magic 27-15 in the final period, en route to a 117-104 victory at the Amway Center. Orlando is back at home on Friday night when they face the Detroit Pistons.

The Magic (18-43) have now dropped seven in a row and with the Atlanta Hawks’ 107-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers last night, Orlando has now fallen to last place in the Eastern Conference.

“We’re doing some really positive things at the offensive end, but we just don’t show enough resistance defending the paint, keeping our man in front of us and it’s been costly,” Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ”Neither the starting group nor the bench group defended at a high enough level for us to win tonight.”

The good that can be taken away from the scoring end of things is that seven players ended the night in double figures, including Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja leading Orlando with 17 points apiece. Orlando’s starting five all finishing with 10 or more points, but they were not able to slow down Toronto’s attacking wings on the defensive end.

Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan finishes with a game-high 21 points and fellow teammate Kyle Lowry dished out 11 assists to go along with his 17 points. Points in the painted area was the killer for Orlando, as Toronto edged out the Magic 58-38 in that department.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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