NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Charlotte
(Friday, February 20th)
Final Score: Orlando 92, Charlotte 80
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points and Rashard Lewis hit five three-pointers, on the way to scoring 18, as the Orlando Magic handed the Charlotte Bobcats a 92-80 setback at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Dwight Howard posted his usual double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds to go along with six blocks for the Magic, who have won two of three and helped erase the bad taste of a 117-85 beating at New Orleans Wednesday.
The Southeast Division-leaders have now alternated wins and losses over their last nine games and moved to 19-8 as the guest this season.
Orlando got the official word they would be without All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson for the rest of the season on Thursday. Nelson underwent surgery on his injured shoulder that day while general manager Otis Smith simultaneously attempted to shore up the position by acquiring Rafer Alston from Houston for forward Brian Cook in a three-team deal just before Thursday's trade deadline.
Alston handed out eight assists with three points and as many steals over 29- plus minutes in his debut for the team.
Raymond Felton paced the Bobcats with 16 points, five assists and as many boards, while Boris Diaw scored 15 and grabbed eight rebounds. Emeka Okafor provided 13 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
"Our point guards took 29 shots, never passed the ball. We never got into anything. You got to run something," Bobcats head coach Larry Brown said of Felton and rookie D.J. Augustin.
Charlotte had won three of its last four coming in and dropped to 16-15 at home in 2008-09. The Bobcats next open a five-game road trip against Western Conference foes beginning Sunday at Houston.
Orlando held a 21-18 lead after 12 minutes and forged ahead by 14 at the half, 49-35, primarily by way of the three-point shot. The Magic went 8-of-21 from beyond the arc in the first half, five of which came from Lewis, who had a team-best 15 points.
The Magic continued to hold a double-digit lead and a brief 8-0 spurt allowed the margin to grow to 21 at the five-minute mark of the third despite Howard picking up his fourth personal with 6:50 left.
"He did not have a good offensive night tonight but he hung in and did a good job defensively even being in foul trouble," Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said of Howard.
Orlando eventually built a 22-point lead with about two minutes to play and settled on a 77-61 lead heading to the fourth after Charlotte closed the frame by making six straight foul shots.
With Howard back on the floor to start the final quarter, Orlando scored six of the first eight points with the big man slamming for two and nailing a jump shot to bring the lead back to 20. The Magic never relinquished their double- digit hold and cruised to victory.
Orlando is 3-0 against the division-rival Bobcats this season and has won six of the last seven meetings between the teams. However, the Magic had dropped four of six on the road in this series entering Friday's action...Gerald Wallace had 11 points and six rebounds for Charlotte...Orlando's Mickael Pietrus left the court with 7:17 left in the game after coming down hard on the floor during a running shot attempt. He appeared to strike his chin on the floor after landing on his stomach.
02/21 00:45:12 ET