ORLANDO, Fla., Jan 7 (Ticker) -- Dwight Howard
evened things up
with Emeka Okafor
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In a matchup of the first two players picked in June's draft,
Howard recorded his 10th double-double of the season as the
Orlando Magic posted a 111-91 victory over the Charlotte
Selected first overall out of Atlanta Southwest Christian
Academy, the 19-year-old Howard fared poorly in his first
meeting against Okafor, a 111-100 loss at Charlotte on November
6. He had five points and 12 rebounds in that contest.
Howard was more active on the offensive end in this one,
collecting 10 points and 12 rebounds in 21 minutes.
"I got more opportunities this game and wanted to be more
assertive, go right at him and get some easy buckets," Howard
said. "I just wanted to be another presence for my team on the
Okafor, the second overall pick after leading Connecticut to the
national championship last season, recorded one of his 22
double-doubles in the first meeting against Howard when he had
12 points and 14 rebounds. He was not nearly as successful in
this one as he finished with 15 points and six rebounds in 25
While the focus was on the young big men, Pat Garrity
and Hedo Turkoglu
took care of things from off the Magic bench.
Garrity finished with 16 points and connected all four of his
3-point attempts in the first half, as the Magic built a 63-51
"When you can extend leads and give your starters rest, that's
what a bench is supposed to do," Garrity said. "Jameer (Nelson
always does a good job of getting the tempo going, and Hedo is
such a dangerous threat."
Turkoglu led the Magic with 22 points, including 12 in the first
Led by Garrity and Turkoglu, the Magic held a 58-30 advantage in
bench points. Orlando matched its home win total (11)
from last season.
"I thought Pat Garrity and Hedo really gave us a tremendous lift
of the bench tonight," Magic coach Johnny Davis
those two are playing well it really helps."
added 16 points for Orlando, which placed six players
in double figures and won its second straight following a
four-game losing streak.
"It's good whenever you can get (bench) guys to come in and
basically run the same offense and same defense," said Magic
guard Steve Francis
, who had 13 assists. "They were able to come
in and score most of the points, that's great."
The Magic shot 51 percent (38-of-75) and held a 46-36 rebounding
"They had a great night shooting," said Charlotte point guard
, who had 10 assists. "Pat Garrity
came in shooting
those threes and killed us. It just wasn't our night."
scored 18 points in just 19 minutes to lead the
Bobcats, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.