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03/05/2012

Raptors lose to Dwight's Magic

Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer

Truth be told, I really enjoy basketball. Its the game I was most involved with as a high school athlete and later, thru my 20s, as an official. I only stopped officiating because my work schedule makes it difficult to commit to the time requirements needed. At the same time, I now get the pleasure of sitting courtside at big league games (although I enjoy shooting high school and college ball also) for unobstructed view and within earshot of the on-court verbal exchanges.

After my two month hiatus from work, with tonight's game I feel "back" to normal. My timing was on, my focus stuck and I anticipated where the play was going. Here's some of what was filed tonight.

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Magic's Dwight Howard battles with Raptors Jamaal Magloire in the Magic's offensive end during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic at Air Canada Centre on Monday, March 5, 2012. Raptors lost 92-88.

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Raptors Jose Calderon is can't believe he's called for another foul after ending up on the floor near the end of the game.

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Raptors Ed Davis gets a hand on  the ball of JJ Redick during NBA action at the ACC.

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Magic's Jameer Nelson commits a foul on Jamaal Magloire in the Raptors offensive zone.

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Raptors Leonardo Barbosa ends up on top of Ryan Anderson during a scramble.

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Magic's Dwight Howard goes in for a slam over DeMar DeRozan.

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Magic's Hedo Turkoglu moves the ball up court during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic.

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Magic's Dwight Howard slams home an early basket.

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Magic's Dwight Howard looks to power to the hoop against Aaron Gray (left) as other players fight for rebound position on the baseline.

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Raptors DeMar DeRozan looks to dish the ball to James Johnson (2) or Jose Calderon.

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Raptors DeMar DeRozan seems to know its over despite the close score but with less than a minute left.

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Raptors James Johnson manages to block the shot of Glen Davis.

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With just seconds left in the game, Linas Kleiza (11) and James Johnson seem resigned to the loss.

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Magic's Dwight Howard during NBA action between Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic.

 

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