Magic 111, Bobcats 91

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Pat Garrity found the shooting touch that has eluded him much of the season under coach Johnny Davis’ uptempo style.

Garrity scored 14 of his 16 points in a decisive run Friday night, leading the Orlando Magic to a 111-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

“The thing with Pat is, we know he’s a great shooter and it’s just a matter of time,” Davis said.

Hedo Turkoglu, joining Garrity off the bench, scored 22 points to lead Orlando. The Magic’s reserves outscored Charlotte’s 58-30.

Grant Hill scored 16 points and Tony Battie added 13 on 6-for-6 shooting for the Magic, who on Nov. 6 became the first team to lose to the Bobcats. Steve Francis had 10 points and tied his season high with 13 assists.

In a matchup of the top two picks in last year’s draft, Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor had 15 points and six rebounds and Orlando’s Dwight Howard’s 10 and 12.

The last two seasons have pained Garrity. Held to two games in 2003-04 after five surgeries—four on the right knee and one on the groin—he’s now playing in a running offense that doesn’t suit his spot-up shooting.

He entered the game averaging 5.4 points while making only 31 percent of his 3-pointers—both career worsts. Garrity scored double figures since Nov. 14.

“When you’re not a one-on-one player you have to move without the ball to provide outlets for guys, and that’s something I wasn’t doing well,” Garrity said. “I looked at the film and I think I’m making a little progress.”

Against Charlotte, he made his first six shots with four 3-pointers. Midway through the first half, Garrity’s back-to-back 3s kicked off a 19-4 run that put Orlando ahead by 14.

“You can’t allow teams to come in, let them do what they want and then try to catch them from behind,” Turkoglu said. We have to jump them early and make them catch us.”

Garrity’s last 3, with 5:30 left before the break, capped off run and a stretch in which Orlando got 28 straight points from its bench—24 from he and Turkoglu.

“I think we contributed to their stellar play,” Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “You could consider us their eighth man if you wanted to, with our defense.”

Orlando shot 50.7 percent, 7-for-14 on 3-pointers, in winning consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 8-10.

“The bullfighters would’ve been proud of us with our matador defense,” Bickerstaff said.

Primoz Brezec scored 18 points for the Bobcats on 8-of-11 shooting. Kareem Rush had 15, while Brevin Knight had 10 assists and seven points

The Bobcats hung around until midway through the third quarter, when Hill had four free throws and a fast-break layin during a 15-2 tear. His last basket of the night gave the Magic an 83-59 lead.

After that, Davis rested his starters in anticipation of Saturday’s game against New Jersey.


Early in the third quarter, referee Gary Benson hurt his left hamstring in a pileup under Orlando’s basket. He left the court with Magic trainer Teddy Arzonico. The game continued with two officials. … Orlando center Kelvin Cato missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Keith Bogans, acquired from Orlando in a trade on the eve of the season, received a nice ovation when he checked in as the Bobcats’ first substitute. He was 1-of-7 for two points.

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E. Okafor E. Okafor
7-14,  15 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists
S. Francis S. Francis
4-7,  10 Pts
3 Rebs, 13 Assists

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