NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Orlando
(Friday, January 7th)
Final Score: Orlando 111, Charlotte 91
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu came off the bench to score 22 points and Grant Hill added 16 to lead the Orlando Magic to a 111-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
Pat Garrity also had 16 points as a reserve for the Magic, whose bench carried the load for the most part. At one point, Orlando's bench accounted for 28 straight points and helped keep the Bobcats at bay.
Steve Francis had 10 points and 13 assists and Tony Battie had 16 points, as the Magic have won two in a row.
"Whenever you play back-to-back games, it's real important to get your starters rest," Garrity said. "Luckily we had a game where we could get those guys down. No one played extensive minutes and we need to do it again tomorrow night."
Primoz Brezec had 18 points to lead the Bobcats, who failed to follow up Wednesday night's win against Minnesota with another victory. Kareem Rush added 15 points for Charlotte, which has lost eight of 10 and 12 of 16.
This was the second battle of the season between the top two picks in the most recent NBA draft. Orlando's Dwight Howard, the first pick, outdueled Charlotte's Emeka Okafor. Howard, only a year removed from high school, had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Okafor had 15 points and six boards.
"It's a game and we both play hard," said Okafor of the matchup with Howard. "He did well and won the game. He is doing real well. He is going to be a good player. I have said it from the get go. It is not going to change now."
After recording 19 straight double-doubles, Okafor has failed to register the feat in two of three games.
Holding a slim 29-27 edge after one quarter, the Magic began to build its lead at the start of the second stanza. Garrity's three-pointer began a 16-4 burst that gave Orlando a 45-31 cushion. Garrity had eight points during the run, which he capped with a three at the 7:58 mark.
Later in the quarter, the Bobcats managed to draw within 48-41 on an Okafor tip-in. However, Orlando scored seven of the next eight points to go ahead 55-42 and the club carried a 63-51 advantage into the locker room.
The Magic's bench started the scoring spurt with 45.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter and carried it through the 5:30 mark of the second. In the first half, Orlando's reserves outscored Charlotte's 32-7.
In the third, the Magic continued to pour it on. Ahead 68-57, Howard started a 15-2 burst that gave Orlando a commanding 83-59 cushion. Howard and Hill combined for 10 points during the burst, which was capped by a Hill layup with 5:22 left.
From there the Magic carried an 89-69 lead into the fourth and were never threatened in the final 12 minutes.
Charlotte is 1-14 on the road this season, losing four straight...Charlotte won the only other meeting this season, 111-100 back on November 6. It was the Bobcats' first win....Orlando is 13-3 when allowing under 100 points...The Magic are 11-4 at home this season.
01/07 23:40:24 ET