NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Charlotte|
(Wednesday, March 27th)
Final Score: Charlotte 114, Orlando 108
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson scored 34
points apiece and led the Charlotte Bobcats to a 114-108 win over the Orlando
Magic on Wednesday.
Walker shot 13-of-23 from the field and had nine assists and seven rebounds.
Henderson was 12-of-18 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the foul line for the
Bobcats, who snapped a two-game skid.
"I saw a lot of heart from our team, especially this time of the year when you
have no shot at the playoffs," said Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap. "Our whole
theme has been to improve and left our fans and everyone know that we're still
Tobias Harris had a team-high 29 points and grabbed nine boards for the Magic,
who have lost eight straight games. Kyle O'Quinn registered a double-double
with 23 points and 11 rebounds, as did Jameer Nelson, who finished with 13
points and 11 assists. Maurice Harkless scored 18 points in the setback.
"We started off well against them and they weren't going early," said Magic
coach Jacque Vaughn. "But it's a matter of continuing to focus. A big lesson
is a 48-minute game is a long time. A lot can happen just within the last five
minutes of a game. Your focus needs to be heightened and you need to continue
to play for 48 minutes."
Orlando had a 58-51 lead at halftime.
The Magic extended their edge to as many as 11 points early in the third
quarter, but the Bobcats took control for a 73-71 lead with 5:52 left.
Henderson was a major factor in Charlotte obtaining the lead, scoring 15
points in the frame.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Bobcats had an 83-82 edge.
The Magic began the fourth with five unanswered points and retained the
lead, 87-83, with 10:57 remaining and was in control for much of the quarter.
However, with 3:58 to play, Walker made an 18-foot jumper to start a 10-0 run
to give Charlotte a 114-106 lead with just 10 seconds left.
The Magic never had answer and Charlotte was able to hold on for the win.
Harris and O'Quinn were efficient in the first quarter, scoring 12 and 10
points, respectively, as the Magic shot 69.6 percent from the field.
The Magic had a 39-20 advantage entering the second, but the team had trouble
shooting in the period, scoring just 19 points on 36 percent shooting.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats slowly came back, scoring 31 points on 54.2 percent
shooting. The team got within four on two occasions, but wasn't able to take
the lead just yet.
Harris' previous career-high in points was 27 ... O'Quinn also set a new
career high in points. His previous high was 12 ... Orlando is 2-11 against
in-division teams, the worst in the NBA ... Charlotte has won three straight
against Orlando ... The Bobcats took the season series 3-1 for the first time
since the 2004-05 season.
03/27 23:08:00 ET