Magic tame Raptors to take 3-1 series lead

Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:13pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Orlando Magic conjured up a stirring comeback to overcome the Toronto Raptors 106-94 on Saturday and seize control of their Eastern Conference quarter-final.

The Magic return home to Florida leading the best-of-seven series 3-1 and have an opportunity to clinch a second round berth with a Game Five win on Monday.

If the Raptors are to extend the series, they need to do something they have not done in seven years -- win a playoff game on the road.

"It's simple, the focus is going to Orlando to try and win a basketball game and get back home," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell told reporters. "It's nothing brilliant I can tell you.

"We've got to go out kicking and screaming, we've got to put everything into it."

The Magic were once again guided to victory by their two big men, Rashard Lewis leading the way with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Dwight Howard had 19 points, 16 boards and eight blocked shots.

Jameer Nelson also had 19 points, scoring 10 straight during Orlando's fourth quarter rally with Hedo Turkoglu chipping in with 18.

SUPERMAN FLIES   Continued...

<p>Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu celebrates with Rashard Lewis against theToronto Raptors in the second half during Game 4 of their first round Eastern Conference playoff game in Toronto, April 26, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>