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Bobcats 111, Magic 101

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Veteran center Al Jefferson had 30 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 111-101 victory over the hapless Orlando Magic on Friday night.

The Magic (10-30) lost their 10th consecutive game, longest current streak in the NBA.

Forward Josh McRoberts had 17 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers for the Bobcats (17-24). Point guard Kemba Walker had 19 points and 10 assists. Guard Gerald Henderson added 17 points.

The Bobcats dominated the fourth quarter from the free throw line, hitting 16 of 20 to keep the Magic from seriously challenging. Charlotte never trailed in the fourth quarter.

The Magic were led by guard Arron Afflalo, who had 24 points after missing the previous three games with a strained foot. Forward Tobias Harris and guard Jameer Nelson each had 18 points.

The Magic got a brief spark with 2:55 remaining when Afflalo converted a rare four-point play after he was fouled by forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. It closed the deficit to six points, but the Magic never got any closer.

Jefferson, who had 12 points in the fourth quarter, made 13 of 17 shots from the field.

Charlotte led 78-74 going into the fourth quarter. They got 10 points in the third from Jefferson, who led the charge to retake the lead they lost in the second quarter.

The Magic led 53-52 at intermission, overcoming an awful start when they fell behind 21-3 and made just one of their first 10 shots from the field. The Bobcats led 30-18 after Walker scored nine points in the first quarter.

Oladipo, who was scoreless in the first quarter, had 10 points and seven assists in the second quarter to lead the Magic comeback. Afflalo hit two 3-pointers in the quarter when the Magic made 15 of 24 shots from the field for 35 points.

Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts led all scorers in the first half with 14 points.

The Bobcats are home Saturday against Miami. The Magic return to action on Sunday against Boston.

NOTES: Magic G Arron Afflalo returned to the lineup after a three-game absence because of a strained right foot. C Nikola Vucevic missed his sixth consecutive game recovering from a concussion. ... The Bobcats came into the game still winless (0-6) against teams in the Southeast Division. ... Magic G Jameer Nelson talked about the $15,000 fine levied against him by the NBA for the "obscene" gesture he made in Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls. After hitting a step-back jumper over Bulls C Joakim Noah to tie the score with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, Nelson used a gesture meant to reflect that he had enough fortitude to take and make a clutch shot. He didn't exactly apologize to the league on Friday. "If I have pay $15K for our fans to get excited, I'd do it again. Basketball is a fun game and you get emotional. You usually never see my emotions. You did that game," he said. ... The Bobcats' staff included mostly former Magic assistants, including coach Steve Clifford and assistants Patrick Ewing, Bob Beyer, Mark Price and Bob Weiss.
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