Magic hang on to beat Bobcats, 96-89
ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic past the Charlotte Bobcats 96-89 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games.
Gerald Henderson had 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost eight of its last nine. The Bobcats are also winless in their last five trips to Orlando.
Charlotte stayed close throughout and pulled within a basket late in the fourth quarter before Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer extended Orlando's lead to 86-81 with 1:33 to play.
Turkoglu and Wafer scored eight points each in the decisive fourth quarter.
Charlotte went into halftime with a 50-47 advantage after a scrappy first half that included eight ties and seven lead changes.
Both teams shot 48 percent from the field, but the Magic struggled from both the 3-point line (3 for 10) and at the free-throw line (4 for 10). Charlotte was for 4 for 8 beyond the arc and a perfect 8 for 8 from the line, in addition to holding a 22-20 rebounding edge.
The Bobcats benefited from some Magic foul trouble in the opening 12 minutes to take a seven-point lead.
Howard and Turkoglu were forced to the bench after picking up two fouls each less than five minutes into the game.
Without two of Orlando's starters to deal with Charlotte closed the quarter on a 16-5 run. Henderson led all scorers with eight first-quarter points.
NOTES: Magic G Jason Richardson missed his second consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee. ... Orlando concludes its lone three games in three days stretch of the season Wednesday night against visiting San Antonio. ... After playing five games in six days, the Bobcats are off until Saturday when they play at Chicago to begin a stretch of four games in five nights.