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By Wesley Robinson, bobcats.com

December 10, 2013

KEY MATCHUP vs. MAGIC: Gerald Henderson vs. Arron Afflalo

In the month of December, Gerald Henderson is averaging 18.8 points on 50 percent shooting to go with 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals. He has put together a string of impressive performances during December, including setting a season-high 24-points on his 26th birthday on Dec. 9 against the Warriors. It marked the 12th consecutive game and 19th time this season Hendo has scored in double digits. He also scored 20-or-more points for the third time this season. Offensively, Henderson matches up with some of the NBA’s best night in and night out and the same will hold true when he takes on Arron Afflalo and the Orlando Magic… Afflalo has scored in double figures 19 times this season, poured in 20+ points 11 times and had 30+ points four times, including a career-high 43 points on Dec. 3 at Philadelphia. During the third quarter on Nov. 13 against Milwaukee, Afflalo hit five three-pointers to tie the franchise mark for treys in a quarter, en route to an 8-for-11 night from beyond the arc and a then-career-high 36 points. Henderson will have to clamp down on Afflalo’s three-point shooting, where he currently shoots 43.6 percent.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS

Charlotte is coming off an instant classic 115-111 win over the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 9. In a battle between the two talented points guards, both Kemba Walker (31 points) and Stephen Curry (43) finished with team highs in scoring and put on a show in the fourth quarter with Walker totaling 15 points and Curry 19 in the final frame… In the win over Golden State, Josh McRoberts recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He has had eight games this season with at least five rebounds and five assists, which is fifth most in the NBA, trailing only Chris Paul (12), LeBron James (12), Ricky Rubio (10) and Kevin Love (eight). McRoberts also grabbed a season-high nine rebounds on Nov. 23 at Milwaukee and handed out a career-high-tying nine assists on Nov. 16 against Miami. He is averaging 8.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists over his last 14 games, including a season-high 19 points on Nov. 11 against Atlanta… Al Jefferson finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, ending his four-game, double-double streak. But Jefferson continues to make his presence known the paint and scored in double figures for his eighth-consecutive game… Although the Cats run of holding their opponent under 100 points ended at 13 games, Charlotte has held its opponent under 100 points in 17 of 21 games this season, the most such games in the NBA. They held the Bucks to an NBA season-low 72 points on Nov. 23, tying the third-lowest single-game total by an opponent in franchise history. Charlotte is giving up only 92.4 points per game, which remains the second-lowest average in the NBA. In addition, the Bobcats are giving up the fewest second-chance points (11.2), second-fewest points in the paint (34.5) and second-fewest fast break points in the league (9.9).

SCOUTING THE MAGIC

The Magic are averaging 97.7 points this season and have scored 100+ points eight times, including a season-high 125 points on Dec. 3 at Philadelphia. Several Magic players enjoyed the most productive nights in their careers in that contest. Led by Arron Afflalo with a career-high 43 points, while Glen Davis netted a career-high 33 points and Victor Oladipo recorded the first triple-double of his career with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists... Orlando is currently shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and has shot 50 percent or better five times (3-2 record), including a season-high 55.7 percent (39-for-70) on Nov. 1 against New Orleans... Orlando is 24-12 all-time vs. Charlotte (14-4 at home, 10-8 on the road), including 1-3 last season. The Magic have an average age of 25 years and 217 days (without Hedo Turkoglu), which ranks as the fifth-youngest roster in the NBA. Heading into the 2013-14 season, nine players on the roster were born after the Orlando Magic played in their first-ever preseason game back on Oct. 13, 1989. Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, E’Twaun Moore, Andrew Nicholson, Victor Oladipo, Kyle O’Quinn and Nikola Vučević were all born after the Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons, 118-109, on that historic night at the then-Orlando Arena.

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