Notebook: Magic 107, Bobcats 98



Posted Dec 15, 2012 11:58 PM

By Bill Kiser, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo scored 20 points each and the Orlando Magic overcame a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 107-98 on Saturday night at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte.

Jameer Nelson added 16 points, J.J. Redick had 14 and Nikola Vucevic put up 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic (10-13), who won their second straight game and improved to 5-3 in the month of December.

Kemba Walker scored a career-high 32 points and led three other players in double figures for Charlotte (7-16), which has now lost 11 consecutive games.

QUOTABLE: "This is a new team, and we're still finding each other. We're still learning to do the things we need to do. This was a learning point for us."

-- Orlando's Glen Davis

THE STAT: The Magic's inside game, led by Davis and Vucevic, had a 43-31 rebounding edge and a 60-54 advantage in points scored in the paint over the Bobcats.

TURNING POINT: The Bobcats took their last lead, 93-92, on a Walker layup with 4:07 left in the fourth quarter. But Afflalo put the Magic back on top for good 17 seconds later with his eight-foot turnaround jumper. Orlando would go on to outscore Charlotte 15-5 over the final four minutes.

QUOTABLE II: "Our huddle and our players were composed, and I think that showed on the floor. We drew up plays and guys went out and executed them. It was great to see the process and see how much they have improved."

-- Magic coach Jacque Vaughn

HOT: Walker was 11-for-20 from the field -- including 2-for-5 on 3-pointers -- and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line during Saturday's game, bettering his previous career high of 30 points posted earlier this season against the Indiana Pacers. He also had seven assists. ... The Magic's starters shot a combined 29-for-49 (59.1 percent) from the field against the Bobcats. By comparison, Charlotte's starters were 25-for-58 (43.1 percent) from the field. ... Orlando's bench outscored the Bobcats' reserves 36-27.

NOT: While the Magic forced the Bobcats into 11 turnovers, only one of those came off a steal.

QUOTABLE III: "We had some good looks ... there were some 15-footers and some six-footers, and they did not go in. That makes it frustrating, because when you lose games you're thinking to yourself, 'it's always two things -- did you defend the rim and paint, and did you shoot well?' Really, the culprit tonight was defense. When you give up 54 percent [shooting] from the floor and they're getting over 100 regularly, we know where the culprit is."

-- Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap

ROOKIE WATCH: Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had one of his worst games of the season, finishing with just three points in 21 minutes. While Kidd-Gilchrist added five rebounds and three blocked shots, he also picked up three first-half fouls that limited his effectiveness. ... Magic rookie Maurice Harkless, getting starting minutes because of Hedo Turkoglu's hand injury, managed just two points, three rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes. However, he made up for some things on the defensive end with a game-high four blocked shots.

NOTABLE: The Magic have now won two straight back-to-back series, and are 2-2 in back-to-backs this season.

UP NEXT: For the Magic, Monday vs. Timberwolves, Wednesday vs. Wizards, Friday @ Raptors. For the Bobcats, Tuesday @ L.A. Lakers, Wednesday @ Suns, Friday @ Warriors.