The Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats in overtime on Saturday night, the second game of a back-to-back.
Brian Schmitz provides the relevant details of the Orlando Magic's win against the Charlotte Bobcats.
On a Saturday night when the Magic defeated the Bobcats 106-95, the most significant signpost was not a defensive masterpiece in a 14-3 overtime blitz. Or Jameer Nelson's clutch shots. Or even [Dwight] Howard's 20 rebounds and seven blocks.
All were support beams in a third consecutive victory that has the Magic (29-15) feeling as if they've turned a corner after a stretch in which they lost seven of nine games. "We're getting back to our old selves, especially on the defensive end," Howard said.
The Magic faced the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night, the second game of a back-to-back.
News on Ryan Anderson's black eye.
PF Ryan Anderson is sporting a shiner under his left eye, a souvenir he received in practice while guarding Lewis. Lewis inadvertently hit him in the eye after following through on a shot. With his goatee and assorted scruff on his face, Anderson says he definitely looks tougher.
Carter has been through a dismal eight-game stretch, but he was very good on Saturday night. It was hard to tell which was more impressive – his willingness to attack the rim on offense or his defense against Gerald Wallace.
Carter had a second consecutive game shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, hitting eight of 16 shots. He converted a tough, fall-down bank shot with 1:04 remaining to put the Magic up 87-84 in regulation. And in the extra period he had a deep drive that he kicked out to Rashard Lewis for a wide-open 3-pointer.
And on the defensive end of the floor, he held Wallace without a point for the first 3 ½ quarters of the game.
More after the jump.
Orlando Magic's big man sucks air from Charlotte Bobcats
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer explains how the Magic, with the help of Dwight Howard, were able to defeat the Bobcats in last night's game.
How important is Dwight Howard to the Orlando Magic?
"How much is breathing important?'' Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson replied, and his analogy was particularly apt following the Bobcats' 106-95 overtime loss to the Magic - Howard sucked the air from the Bobcats' lungs.
Seven-footer Howard's 10 points might not have meant much, but his seven blocked shots and 20 rebounds controlled the game.
Bobcats vs Magic Recap
Brett Hainline of Queen City Hoops says that D.J. Augustin helped keep the Bobcats in the game.