Redick, Magic shoot way past Bobcats 102-95
ORLANDO, Fla. — J.J. Redick had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the Orlando Magic held off Charlotte 102-95 on Wednesday night, the Bobcats' 22nd consecutive loss.
Ryan Anderson added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who snapped a three-game losing streak and secured the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference but lost forward Glen Davis to a sprained right ankle. He is the latest injury to strike the Magic's roster and drain an already shallow pool of Orlando big men following Dwight Howard's season-ending back surgery.
D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 23 points, while Gerald Henderson had 17 and Derrick Brown 16.
Charlotte (7-58) heads into its season finale on Thursday needing to beat New York to avoid the worst winning percentage in NBA history. The longest losing streak in NBA history was the 26 games by Cleveland last season.
The Magic were active early offensively and beginning to cruise late in the first quarter when Davis stepped on Byron Mullens' foot and rolled his ankle.
He limped off the court, though initial X-rays taken on the ankle in the locker room were negative. His status is day-to-day.
The injury couldn't have come at a more inopportune time for Orlando, which has seen starters Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture) and Howard both under surgery in the past month.
Howard, of course, is gone for the rest of the season as he continues rehabilitation in California. Turkoglu may return as early as Thursday's regular-season finale against Memphis and be ready for the postseason, but that is still to be determined.
The Bobcats rallied after Davis' injury and cut what was a 17-point first-half deficit to 67-66 late in the third quarter.
Orlando got it back up to 10 points entering the fourth quarter before seeing one final push by Charlotte.
It was 89-84 when Henderson was whistled for his fifth personal foul and forced to the bench with just over 6 minutes to play. That was immediately followed by Jason Richardson's third 3-pointer of the game to give the Magic a little more breathing room. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.
A 3 a few possessions later by Redick made it 95-86 and following a Charlotte miss Redick nailed his final 3 of the game to push the lead back to 12 points with 4:26 to go.
Now the Bobcats' quest to avoid NBA all-time futility continues in their season finale. Should they lose that game against the Knicks, their 7-59 record and .106 winning percentage would eclipse the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers and their mark at .110, when they went 9-73.
The Magic kept around a 15-point lead throughout the first half before seeing the Bobcats close the gap to 10 at the break.
Orlando pulled away early by connecting on 10 of its 22 3-point attempts in the half, led by Redick's five 3s and 16 points. Anderson added 14 points and Jameer Nelson eight points and seven assists.
The loss was Charlotte's 11th straight on the road. ... Brown left the game with a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter. ... The Magic improved to 25-5 when scoring 100 or more points. ... Turkoglu has been cleared for contact by doctors after three weeks of rehab following surgery to repair facial fractures. He wore a new protective mask during the Magic's morning walkthrough, but said it bothered him and needed to be adjusted before his return to action.