NBA: Raptors defeat Magic

Toronto, Jan 30: Toronto Raptors celebrated the Chinese New Year with a 98-83 victory over the Orlando Magic in NBA action.

Toronto is one of 10 NBA teams to celebrate the Year of Horse, a global event that will reach millions across China, the United States and Canada, reports Xinhua.

From Jan 29 to Feb 5, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings will also celebrate the holiday in their home arenas.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was not surprised of Toronto s inclusion by the NBA.

“Toronto is a melting pot of different cultures. It’s a very welcoming city,” Casey said prior to the game. “Anytime you can celebrate any nationality, anybody’s heritage, it’s a beautiful thing. Chinese New Year is a wonderful, wonderful event for our organization.”

During the game, Toronto paid tribute to the Chinese culture with signage displayed throughout the Air Canada Center, fan giveaways consisting of stuffed horses, and a half-time Lion Dance performance by a local Chinese group.

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