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Magic Easily Tame Bobcats

Dwight Howard scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Magic routed the Bobcats. Phelan M. Ebenhak/AP

For the second consecutive game, the Orlando Magic shot over 50 percent from the field and defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 100-86 Sunday night at the Amway Center.

Although Magic (38-22) center Dwight Howard may not have dropped 40 like he did Friday night, he led his squad with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was the 48th time this season that Howard recorded a double-double.

Orlando never seemed to lose control even if they only led by eight points at the intermission. Not once did the Magic trail in the contest.

Aiding Howard’s efforts, forward Brandon Bass added 17 points and from the bench, guard Gilbert Arenas contributed 16 points, including four 3-pointers.

Guard Stephen Jackson had a game-high 35 points, keeping the Bobcats (26-33) in the game, but it was a 34-of-85 performance from the floor that hurt Charlotte.

The Magic led by 10-points for much of the second half, but the Bobcats cut it to 79-87 on a layup from Jackson with 6 minutes and 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. A jump shot from Arenas and a 3-pointer by J.J. Redick diffused any chance of a comeback as the Magic extended their lead to 92-79.

The 14-point victory was a breather for Orlando after defeating Charlotte by just three points in their previous meeting in November. That of course was with former Bobcat Gerald Wallace still in the lineup.

It was the fourth straight game that the Magic scored at least 100 points.

Next for Orlando is a visit from the new-look New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

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