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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      ORLANDO          31   24   18   24    97   
      CHARLOTTE        24   20   28   30    102     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ORL - GRANT HILL 25, DWIGHT HOWARD 21, JAMEER 
                      NELSON 18
                CHA - BREVIN KNIGHT 19, EMEKA OKAFOR 17, 
                      PRIMOZ BREZEC 16

HIGH REBOUND:   ORL - DWIGHT HOWARD 13, GRANT HILL 9, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                CHA - EMEKA OKAFOR 13, PRIMOZ BREZEC 8, JASON 
                      HART 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   ORL - JAMEER NELSON 6, DESHAWN STEVENSON 3, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 2
                CHA - BREVIN KNIGHT 8, JASON HART 8, KEITH 
                      BOGANS 3

         ATT:   10,727

Box Score

ORLANDO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Hill 36 9-18 7-7 2-9 1 2 25 D Howard 34 8-12 5-6 4-13 2 4 21 K Cato 25 0-3 4-4 0-4 1 5 4 J Nelson 46 7-16 4-5 1-3 6 5 18 D Stevenson 32 3-10 1-2 2-6 3 4 7 H Turkoglu 27 3-7 5-8 0-2 2 1 11 T Battie 25 2-8 1-1 0-6 0 1 5 S Augmon 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 B Hunter 11 3-5 0-2 1-3 0 2 6 M Kasun 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 P Garrity DNP - PERSONAL REASONS S Francis DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 27-35 10-46 15 25 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.771. 3-Point Goals: 0-1, .000 (H Turkoglu 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (T Battie 2, G Hill, D Stevenson, K Cato). Turnovers:14 (D Howard 5, G Hill 2, K Cato 2, J Nelson 2, H Turkoglu, D Stevenson, B Hunter). Steals: 2 (G Hill, D Howard). CHARLOTTE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Kapono 22 2-7 1-2 2-4 0 3 7 E Okafor 43 7-18 3-9 4-13 1 2 17 P Brezec 39 7-9 2-4 4-8 1 4 16 B Knight 31 7-15 5-5 0-3 8 5 19 K Bogans 17 2-9 3-4 0-2 3 1 8 M Carroll 26 4-9 4-4 2-5 1 0 12 M Ely 14 1-4 0-0 1-5 0 4 2 J Hart 29 2-5 4-6 0-6 8 3 9 B Robinson Jr 19 5-7 1-2 1-4 1 6 12 C Alexander DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Allen DNP - SORE LEFT ACHILLES T Smith DNP - RIGHT KNEE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 23-36 14-50 23 28 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.639. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (J Kapono 2-2, B Knight 0-1, K Bogans 1-2, M Carroll 0-1, J Hart 1-2, B Robinson Jr 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:7 (P Brezec 3, E Okafor 3, M Ely). Turnovers:11 (M Ely 3, P Brezec 2, E Okafor 2, B Knight, M Carroll, B Robinson Jr, J Hart). Steals: 7 (B Knight 3, J Hart 2, J Kapono, B Robinson Jr). ------------------------------------------- ORLANDO 31 24 18 24 - 97 CHARLOTTE 24 20 28 30 - 102 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,727. T: 2:24. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

ORLANDO (97) AT CHARLOTTE (102) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G HILL F 36 9-18 7-7 2 7 9 1 2 1 2 25 D HOWARD F 34 8-12 5-6 4 9 13 2 4 1 5 21 K CATO C 25 0-3 4-4 0 4 4 1 5 0 2 4 J NELSON G 46 7-16 4-5 1 2 3 6 5 0 2 18 D STEVENSON G 32 3-10 1-2 2 4 6 3 4 0 1 7 H TURKOGLU 27 3-7 5-8 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 11 T BATTIE 25 2-8 1-1 0 6 6 0 1 0 0 5 S AUGMON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 B HUNTER 11 3-5 0-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 6 M KASUN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 P GARRITY DNP - PERSONAL REASONS S FRANCIS DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE TOTALS 240 35-79 27-35 10 36 46 15 25 2 14 97 (.443) (.771) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15 (13 PTS) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J KAPONO F 22 2-7 1-2 2 2 4 0 3 1 0 7 E OKAFOR F 43 7-18 3-9 4 9 13 1 2 0 2 17 P BREZEC C 39 7-9 2-4 4 4 8 1 4 0 2 16 B KNIGHT G 31 7-15 5-5 0 3 3 8 5 3 1 19 K BOGANS G 17 2-9 3-4 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 8 M CARROLL 26 4-9 4-4 2 3 5 1 0 0 1 12 M ELY 14 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 0 3 2 J HART 29 2-5 4-6 0 6 6 8 3 2 1 9 B ROBINSON JR 19 5-7 1-2 1 3 4 1 6 1 1 12 C ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M ALLEN DNP - SORE LEFT ACHILLES T SMITH DNP - RIGHT KNEE TOTALS 240 37-83 23-36 14 36 50 23 28 7 11 102 (.446) (.639) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) ORLANDO 31 24 18 24 - 97 CHARLOTTE 24 20 28 30 - 102 BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - T BATTIE 2, G HILL, D STEVENSON, K CATO. CHARLOTTE - P BREZEC 3, E OKAFOR 3, M ELY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 0-1 (.000), H TURKOGLU 0-1. CHARLOTTE 5- 9 (.556), J KAPONO 2-2, B KNIGHT 0-1, K BOGANS 1-2, M CARROLL 0-1, J HART 1-2, B ROBINSON JR 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, VIOLET PALMER. A - 10,727. T - 2:24.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Brevin Knight delivered a much-needed win for the Charlotte Bobcats and a blow to the playoff hopes of the Orlando Magic. Knight converted a three-point play with 12 seconds left and the Bobcats overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to post a 102-97 victory over the shorthanded Magic that snapped a 10-game losing streak. "He's a floor general," Charlotte rookie forward Emeka Okafor said. "He can go out there and score when he needs to. He thinks pass first, shoot second, but he can hit the shot when he needs to and did tonight for us." With the Bobcats (13-52) nursing 97-95 lead in the closing seconds, Knight let the shot clock wind down inside 10 seconds before making a move on rookie guard Jameer Nelson. Knight dribbled hard to his right and took a bump before lofting in a runner in the lane over Dwight Howard. He converted the free throw to give the Bobcats a 100-95 lead. "The first half we had a little success with the 1-4 flat (offense)," Knight said. "So we thought, Why not try it again? I knew once I got the step on him that he'd (Nelson) have to body and foul. The next thing was just trying to concentrate and get the ball up to the rim. It went in, so it turned out to be a good play for us." "(Brevin) is a stabilizer with the ball in his hands," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "His teammates have confidence in him. We wanted the ball in his hands. The confidence is that he is going to make a play for his teammates and himself." Orlando (32-35) had a 55-44 halftime lead thanks to All-Star Grant Hill and rookie Dwight Howard. Hill had 20 points and Howard 19 at the break, more than making up for the absence of star guard Steve Francis, who was serving the second game of a three-game suspension. In the second half, the Bobcats outscored the Magic, 58-42, and limited Hill and Howard to a combined seven points. Hill finished with 25 points and Howard 21. "The Bobcats got the momentum in the third quarter and we lost it after that," Hill said. "We really need rest so we can get ready for Thursday's game. But give it to the Bobcats, they just came out on top." "There was a contrast in the first half and second half," Bickerstaff said. "Grant Hill and Dwight Howard had a field day in the first half. So we did a much better job of paying attention to them. We were in quicksand in the first half and didn't make the commitment to get back on defense." Knight scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and added eight assists. Okafor scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 35th double-double of the season. "They played harder in the second half," Nelson said. "We can't play only one half of good basketball." "We all just stuck together and focused in on the victory," Okafor said. "We didn't really have all those ticky-tack mistakes that we usually have. We just kept our resolve on the court tonight." Orlando came in tied with Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but could not separate itself, losing for the second time in three games against Charlotte. The teams play again Thursday in Orlando. "I told them we gave a great effort, but that we played (only) a half game of a basketball game," Orlando interim coach Chris Jent said. "We look back sometimes and say, 'We can,' but there is no more 'We can.' It's now 'We have to.' That is where we are right now." "As a team, we need to run the floor, share the ball and play team defense," Howard said. "If we do those three things, we will be a tough team to beat." The Bobcats continued to play shorthanded with just nine available players. They lost guard Keith Bogans to back spasms late in the first half and shuttled Knight in and out on the defensive end due to back spasms of his own. "We've been playing with eight, nine guys all year," Knight said. "We're kind of veterans to that." The Bobcats won for just the second time this month. "It's good to get a win," Okafor said. "We definitely needed this win. We really played hard and Brevin did his thing tonight and really helped us pull it out."


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