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                          === Raptors visit Magic ===
 (Sports  Network) -  The  Toronto Raptors  will have  to  shake off  Wednesday
 night's  overtime loss  to the defending champion Miami Heat pretty quickly as
 they finish off a quick Florida trip Thursday night versus the Orlando Magic.
 The  Raptors fell in South Beach, 123-116, in extra time. Seven Raptors scored
 in  double  figures and Toronto  took one of the  NBA's best 53 minutes before
 "I  cannot fault  our guys'  effort," Raptors  coach Dwane  Casey said.  "They
 fought,  they scrapped, they played with their hearts and they took one of the
 best  teams in the  NBA to the limit. That's what I said before the game. This
 game is about respect. This game's about going out there and not letting teams
 think  they're  going to come  out and get their  numbers against you. And our
 guys fought."
 The  Raptors  couldn't contain  LeBron James  or Dwyane  Wade on Wednesday. No
 shame  in that as  James had a 20-footer to win it in regulation clank off the
 back iron.
 James went for a triple-double and Wade scored 25, but the Raptors did it with
 balance.  Alan  Anderson led the  way for Toronto with  20, but Ed Davis, Amir
 Johnson,  DeMar DeRozan,  Jose  Calderon,  Terrance Ross  and  Kyle Lowry  all
 cracked the 10-point mark.
 The  Raptors  only committed  nine turnovers  and shot  50 percent against the
 Heat,  but  the defending  champs  shot  almost  55 percent  and  outrebounded
 Toronto, 53-28.
 The Magic have been dreadful for almost six weeks. They are 2-14 since Dec. 21
 and  have lost three  in a row, including home losses to the Charlotte Bobcats
 and Dallas Mavericks.
 The  most recent  setback during this slide came Tuesday night in Detroit. The
 Magic  fell to  the Pistons,  105-90, and  left their  leader a  little shell-
 "I'm  a  little surprised," admitted  head coach  Jacque Vaughn. "I was really
 excited  and  enthused by our  approach tonight. Just  not the results we were
 Vaughn  changed  the starting lineup,  inserting J.J. Redick as the first-line
 shooting guard. He shot 9-for-10 and 5-for-6 from the 3-point line for a game-
 high 26 points.
 DeQuan  Jones fell out of the starting lineup and Arron Afflalo moved from the
 two-guard to small-forward position. That move did not pay off as Afflalo went
 scoreless  in  almost 38 minutes. Afflalo,  the Magic's leading scorer at 17.0
 ppg, didn't even attempt a field goal until the third quarter.
 "Having  four veterans  on the  floor and  Nik (Vucevic),  who's been  playing
 extremely well for us, would be to our advantage," said Vaughn.
 The Raptors, who have lost five of their last six, have won all three meetings
 with the Magic this season, including a 123-88 drubbing in Orlando on Dec. 29.
 01/24 10:24:41 ET