Magic blow out cold-shooting Bobcats
Eleven of twelve players scored for the Magic. DHoward led with 22 pts, 12 rebs. Howard also made his first career 3 pt basket at the end of the second quarter. JNelson added 20 pts (8 of 15 shooting); HTurkoglu 14 pts 5 asts; and TAriza 10 pts, 9 rebs, and 5 asts. J.J. Redick, TDiener, and PGarrity combined for 18 pts on 7 of 10 shooting. CHA was led by reserve Matt Carroll with 19 pts, and Raymond Felton added 11 pts 7 asts.
The Magic (39 of 68, 57.4%) outscored CHA (25 of 86, 29.1%) 87-58. The Magic shot well from 3 pt range, 9 of 15, while CHA was 8 of 24. ORL (19 of 30) had the advantage at the FT line over CHA (16 of 23). The Magic had a 45-36 edge on the boards. The Magic distributed the ball well with 22 asts, but had 20 TOs. CHA's AST/TO ratio was 15-11. The Magic bench outscored the CHA bench 39-31.
GHill and KDooling continued to sit, resting their injuries, while DMilicic strained his foot in the first half and only played 4 minutes. The Magic showed their strong depth this game, and won their third game in a row for the first time in over a month. Magic have a day of rest before former coach Doc Rivers and the Celtics come to town SUN evening.