Magic Outmuscles Raptors

Lewis, Howard lead Orlando past Toronto for 3-1 series lead
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2008 6:01 PM CDT
Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh defends against Orlando Magics' Rashard Lewis in first half NBA basketball playoff action today.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
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(Newser) – Rashard Lewis had 27 points and 13 rebounds, Dwight Howard added 19 points and 16 boards, and the Orlando Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 106-94 today to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, while Hedo Turkoglu had 18 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Magic.

Chris Bosh set a career playoff-high with 39 points and added 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who face elimination in Game 5 on Monday night at Orlando. T.J. Ford had 12 points and 13 assists for the Raptors. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said Lewis was "outstanding." Lewis went 10-for-19 from the field. The Magic made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished 11-for-29 from beyond the arc.