Howard Sees 20-20 in Magic Victory
Orlando 85, Charlotte 77
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 15 (Ticker) -- Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard dominated the glass against the Charlotte Bobcats, who are having problems protecting the backboard.
Howard had 21 points and 20 rebounds as the Magic posted an 85-77 victory over the struggling Bobcats, their first in four home games this season.
Howard, who finished third in the voting, put together his fifth consecutive double-double and registered his fourth career 20-rebound game.
"I think the thing that was most impressive was Dwight's 20 rebounds," said Orlando coach Brian Hill. "That's a monster, a monster night."
With the Magic holding on to a slim lead, Howard went to work, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it home for a 74-68 advantage with eight minutes left, that was part of a 12-4 Orlando run.
"My main thing was coming in and getting a win," Howard said. "It didn't matter how we got it, whether it was ugly or pretty. I'm just trying to be consistent with everything I do on the court."
DeShawn Stevenson's jumper with 1:43 to play gave Orlando a 83-74 lead.
Steve Francis scored 13 points while Tony Battie added 11 and 12 rebounds off the bench for Orlando, which held a 50-37 advantage on the glass and swept 16 offensive rebounds. Reserve Jameer Nelson scored 11 of his 13 points in the final period.
"Tony Battie was right there beside him (Howard) with 12 rebounds and 11 points,' Hill said. "I thought their defense and rebounding set the tone in the beginning of the game."
Keith Bogans scored 18 points and rookie Sean May added 15 and 10 rebounds off the bench for Charlotte, which has lost five in a row since a 2-1 start. It was outrebounded, 56-28, in Saturday's loss at Miami.
"We're not getting it done. We got outworked on the boards," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "They (Magic) missed their shots and cleaned them up. It's all about pride."
Okafor had eight points on 4-of-9 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. He had foul trouble early and did not score until 11:17 remained.
"Tonight he was out of it right away," Bickerstaff said. "He got two fouls and we had to quickly get him out."