Hot-shooting Bobcats send Magic to yet another loss
CHA was led in scoring by reserve Derek Anderson, who poured in 24 pts along with 10 asts; Raymond Felton 21 pts, 7 asts; Gerald Wallace 20 pts, 9 asts; and Primoz Brezec, starting in place of Okafor, 17 pts. The Magic were led by DHoward with 26 pts, 11 rebs but only 10 of 19 FTs; HTurkoglu 23 pts; JNelson 17 pts, 8 rebs; and reserve TAriza 12 pts. GHill and DMilicic combined for just 16 pts on 6 of 17 FGs.
CHA (42 of 75, 56%) outscored the Magic (39 of 79, 49.4%) from the field 98-83. CHA hit on a sizzling 14 of 22 from 3 pt range, while the Magic shot just 5 of 13 from long range. The Magic (25 of 38) shot poorly on FTs compared to CHA (21 of 25). The Magic did outrebound CHA 40-27, including 14-4 on the offensive boards. CHA had an absolutely stunning AST/TO ratio of 39/13 (39 asts on 42 FGS... now that's what you call an efficient offense), while the Magic's ratio was 21/14. The CHA bench outscored the Magic bench 38-26.
Grant Hill of the Magic afterward: "The Bobcats played like they were the team fighting for the playoffs. We looked like the team that was out of it."
Magic now fall to the 10th spot in the East, trailing NJ by 1/2 game for 9th, and NY by 1 game for the 8th seed. Magic come home to play the very tough Utah Jazz WED.