Bobcats set franchise records in beating Magic
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Derek Anderson scored 24 points off the
bench and dished out 10 assists, as the Charlotte Bobcats eased by the
Orlando Magic, 119-108.
Gerald Wallace had 20 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who drilled a
franchise high 14 three-pointers on 22 attempts. Charlotte also set a
franchise mark with 39 assists.
“We needed to rotate better on defense which we did tonight, said Anderson.
“We shared the ball tremendously. Guys made their defense work and kind of
tired those guys out. That’s the way you win games.”
Raymond Felton added 21 points and seven assists for Charlotte, which snapped
a season-high eight-game losing streak
Dwight Howard finished with 26 points and 11 boards for Orlando, which has
lost three games in a row and 10 of its last 12. Jameer Nelson had 17 points,
eight rebounds and five assists while Hedo Turkoglu added 23 points and six
rebounds for the Magic, who despite the loss, outrebounded Charlotte 40-27.
Trailing 101-80, Orlando went on a 8-0 run, capped by two straight Trevor
Ariza layups, pulling the Magic within 13 with 7:12 to go.
Orlando then pulled to within 10 on three separate occasions, but Charlotte
had an answer each time.
The Bobcats shot 56 percent from the field.
“Our failure tonight was our inability to play anyone off the dribble,” said
Orlando coach Brian Hill. “They went whereever they wanted to with the ball.
Obviously, they made shots.”
Charlotte connected on six of its first eight shots and jumped out to a 17-10
lead early in the first frame. The Bobcats held the margin at seven and led
34-27 after one quarter.
The Bobcats gradually extended their lead in the second period and were in
front 62-49 at the half.
Leading 75-63, Charlotte used an 11-3 surge, capped by a Adam Morrison triple
to take an 86-66 lead with just under four minutes left in the third stanza.
The Bobcats held a 95-77 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Charlotte guard Brevin Knight left the game at the 8:11 mark of the second
quarter with a left groin strain…Orlando shot 49.4 percent…Howard recorded
his 46th double-double, the second most in the NBA…Orlando is now 1-21 on
the road when trailing after three quarters…The overall series record
between these two is now 6-6…The Magic are a game behind the Knicks for the
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.