The Orlando Magic defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 102-95 Wednesday night, clinching the sixth seed and a first round date with the Indiana Pacers.
J.J. Redick led the Magic with a career-high 31 points and Ryan Anderson poured in 24 points and 13 rebounds while D.J. Augustin had 23 points to lead the Bobcats.
Injuries were the story again – Glen Davis went down with a sprained ankle early in the game, leaving Orlando’s already thing front line in even more trouble.
Orlando built a 17-point lead in the first half, before inevitably letting Charlotte back into the game. The Bobcats cut the lead all the way down to one, 67-66, but the Magic responded with five straight points and eventually built the lead back up to double digits.
Orlando didn’t shoot very well – they were 33-of-82 (40.2%) from the field, but they attempted 12 more shots than Charlotte, largely due because the outrebounded the Bobcats by 10 and in typical Magic fashion, hoisted 38 three-pointers, hitting 14 (36.8%). Redick hit six of those three-pointers, while Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson hit three a piece.
- Redick was just 3-of-9 from inside the arc, but hit six of his 10 three-point attempts and went 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
- Ryan Anderson had another big game, scoring 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting despite hitting just two three-pointers. Anderson continues to bring his game inside with Howard out and it’s really paying off. Anderson also grabbed 13 rebounds.
- Despite turning the ball over twice and picking up four fouls, Daniel Orton turned in a solid night – he had eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
- Head Coach Stan Van Gundy was upset about Orlando’s foul trouble and joked the Magic would have to sign the tallest media member to finish the season. The Magic committed 28 fouls in the game and Jameer Nelson, who was just one rebound and one assists away from a triple double (11 points on 4-of-13 shooting), fouled out of the game.
- It took Jason Richardson 17 shots to get his 17 points, but he crashed the boards, grabbing nine rebounds. It looked as if Richardson may have injured his ankle as well, but after the game, he said he simply got hit in the shin.
Next Up: The Magic will be in Memphis to take on the Grizzlies Wednesday.
Final Thought: Considering all of the injuries Orlando has, any win is a good win.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)
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