NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 5th (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (9-22) at Orlando Magic (19-14), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Orlando Magic continue their four-game homestand when they host the Charlotte Bobcats this evening at Amway Arena.
Orlando has won the first two games of its homestand and notched a 91-86 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Jameer Nelson registered a season-high 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting to lead the Magic.
Dwight Howard posted 14 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, which is tied with Washington for the top spot in the Southeast Division. Trevor Ariza also scored 14 points, while Hedo Turkoglu added 13 as the Magic improved to 12-6 as the host this season.
The Magic will close out the homestand on Sunday versus the Boston Celtics.
Charlotte, meanwhile, will open a three-game road trip on Friday and has lost four of its last six games.
The Bobcats had a brief two-game winning streak stopped with Monday's 102-96 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Matt Carroll had 23 points and Raymond Felton posted 22 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who are last in the Southeast standings.
Rookie Adam Morrison had 18 points and Emeka Okafor chipped in 12 points and 14 boards for Charlotte, which failed to record its first three-game win streak of the season.
Charlotte will also visit Detroit and New York on the trek and is 3-11 as the visitor this season.
The season series between the Bobcats and Magic is tied at a game apiece. Orlando has won four of six and five of the last nine meetings.
Charlotte has lost three straight and four of the five meetings at Orlando.
01/05 10:38:21 ET