Banged-up Magic hangs on

Quentin Richardson, who scored 14 for the Magic, drives past Tyrus Thomas, center, and Gerald Wallace in the second half.

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Quentin Richardson, who scored 14 for the Magic, drives past Tyrus Thomas, center, and Gerald Wallace in the second half.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dwight Howard had 22 points and eight rebounds, Rashard Lewis had 22 points and the Magic withstood Charlotte's furious comeback attempt to beat the Bobcats 91-88 Saturday night.

Though Jameer Nelson sat out with a sprained ankle and Vince Carter left with an injury late in the game, the Magic held on for its first road win in a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series.

After trailing by 18 in the third quarter, the Bobcats got within 89-88 on Stephen Jackson's driving layup with 32 seconds left. Quentin Richardson answered with a runner in the lane with 9.8 seconds to go.

The Bobcats had a chance to tie, but Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin missed 3-pointers in the closing seconds.

Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have lost five of their first six games.

Jackson added 16 points but shot 7-of-19 and had four of Charlotte's 16 turnovers.

Richardson had 14 points. Orlando overcame 41 percent shooting but suddenly has injury concerns.

Nelson twisted his left ankle late in Friday's win over the Nets and didn't dress. Then Carter went down with just less than two minutes left when he slipped and fell awkwardly while dribbling. He was on the floor for several minutes before walking off the court grimacing.

Nelson, who dominated former Charlotte guard Raymond Felton in a four-game playoff sweep in the spring, was limping noticeably before the game and left Orlando without "our best offense against Charlotte," coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Van Gundy started Chris Duhon at point guard, and Richardson started ahead of Ryan Anderson, but the Magic leaned heavily on Howard early.

After benching center Nazr Mohammed for the second half Friday, Charlotte coach Larry Brown started him and, at first, did not give him help on Howard. Howard immediately hit two half hooks before Augustin provided help and Howard hit a jumper over the double team.

Orlando built a 28-17 lead with the help of the familiar theme for Charlotte: turnovers.

From illegal screens, bad passes and poor spacing, the NBA's lowest-scoring team seemed out of it when Lewis got hot, hitting three 3-pointers in a 96-second span midway through the third quarter to put Orlando ahead 63-45. After the Bobcats got within six with just more than four minutes left in the game, Lewis hit another 3 from the left corner.

HEAT PULLS AWAY: Dwyane Wade had 29 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James scored 14 of his 23 in the third quarter — seven in the last 32 seconds after getting flagrantly fouled by Terrance Williams — and the host Heat rolled past New Jersey 101-89 for its second easy win over the Nets in a week.

A 25-10 run over the final seven minutes of the third allowed Miami to take control, sending the Nets to their fourth straight loss.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Mo Williams scored 10 of his 28 in the final four minutes to lead the visiting Cavaliers to a 107-102 victory over the Wizards. Williams gave Cleveland the lead for good with two free throws with 2:07 left, making it 97-95.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The NBA fined Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson $50,000 for verbally abusing the referees after a loss to the Pistons a night earlier, another strong indication the league is serious about curtailing complaining. … The Rockets sat center Yao Ming against the Spurs. With Houston playing the first of back-to-back games, coach Rick Adelman said his injury-plagued star has a more favorable matchup today against the Timberwolves. … Center Andrew Bogut returned to the Bucks lineup after missing a game because of a migraine. … Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison was inactive for the third straight game with a sore left knee. … 76ers guard Andre Iguodala will miss tonight's game against the Knicks because of an injured right Achilles' tendon. … The Trail Blazers signed big man Sean Marks to help the team while Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden heal from knee surgeries.

Magic 91, Bobcats 88

ORLANDO (91): Richardson 5-17 1-2 14, Lewis 8-13 1-1 22, Howard 8-15 6-10 22, Duhon 2-6 0-0 4, Carter 4-11 2-4 10, Bass 2-4 3-4 7, Williams 1-4 0-0 3, Redick 0-3 0-0 0, Gortat 3-5 0-0 6, Pietrus 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 34-82 13-21 91.

CHARLOTTE (88): Wallace 9-15 3-4 25, Diaw 3-8 0-0 6, Mohammed 5-9 2-2 12, Augustin 4-8 1-1 9, Jackson 7-19 0-0 16, Diop 0-2 0-0 0, Thomas 3-4 4-4 10, Livingston 2-5 0-0 4, Henderson 2-2 0-0 4, D.Brown 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-75 10-11 88.

Orlando 23 20 30 18— 91

Charlotte 15 21 26 26— 88

3-Point GoalsOrlando 10-32 (Lewis 5-7, Richardson 3-10, Williams 1-2, Pietrus 1-4, Duhon 0-2, Redick 0-3, Carter 0-4), Charlotte 6-15 (Wallace 4-4, Jackson 2-8, Diaw 0-1, Augustin 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 46 (Howard 8), Charlotte 50 (Wallace 14). AssistsOrlando 22 (Duhon 9), Charlotte 22 (Augustin 8). Total FoulsOrlando 11, Charlotte 22. TechnicalsOrlando Coach Van Gundy, Thomas. A18,136 (19,077).

Heat 101, Nets 89

NEW JERSEY (89): Outlaw 2-6 0-0 5, Murphy 3-11 0-1 8, Lopez 5-16 2-2 12, Harris 1-4 4-4 6, Morrow 10-17 1-1 25, Williams 3-7 0-0 7, Humphries 1-1 0-0 2, Favors 5-8 1-2 11, Farmar 2-7 2-3 6, D.James 3-6 1-2 7, Petro 0-2 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 35-85 11-17 89.

MIAMI (101): L.James 9-16 3-5 23, Bosh 6-12 9-10 21, Anthony 0-0 2-2 2, Arroyo 2-4 0-0 4, Wade 10-17 7-10 29, House 1-4 0-0 2, Ilgauskas 2-4 0-0 4, Haslem 3-9 0-0 6, Jones 3-4 0-0 8, Magloire 0-2 2-2 2, Stackhouse 0-1 0-0 0, Chalmers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-74 23-29 101.

New Jersey 25 26 17 21— 89

Miami 24 31 32 14— 101

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 8-20 (Morrow 4-7, Murphy 2-5, Williams 1-2, Outlaw 1-3, Farmar 0-3), Miami 6-15 (Jones 2-3, Wade 2-3, L.James 2-4, Bosh 0-1, Chalmers 0-1, Arroyo 0-1, House 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 50 (Morrow, Williams 7), Miami 50 (Wade 10). AssistsNew Jersey 17 (Williams 9), Miami 19 (L.James 9). Total FoulsNew Jersey 21, Miami 16. TechnicalsIlgauskas. Flagrant Fouls—Williams. A19,600 (19,600).

Cavaliers 107, Wizards 102

CLEVELAND (107): Moon 2-8 2-2 7, Hickson 4-10 2-4 10, Varejao 4-7 0-0 8, M.Williams 10-19 7-10 28, Parker 4-9 2-2 13, Gibson 7-11 3-3 19, Hollins 5-5 1-1 11, J.Williams 1-6 0-0 3, Sessions 1-6 4-4 6, Graham 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 39-82 21-26 107.

WASHINGTON (102): Thornton 10-16 2-2 23, Blatche 6-14 4-4 16, McGee 5-8 1-4 11, Wall 5-14 3-4 13, Hinrich 7-14 4-4 21, Armstrong 0-1 0-0 0, Arenas 4-13 2-2 13, Yi 1-5 0-0 2, Young 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 39-88 16-20 102.

Cleveland 27 32 17 31— 107

Washington 28 23 25 26— 102

3-Point GoalsCleveland 8-18 (Parker 3-4, Gibson 2-2, J.Williams 1-2, Moon 1-4, M.Williams 1-6), Washington 8-21 (Arenas 3-6, Hinrich 3-9, Thornton 1-2, Young 1-2, Yi 0-1, Wall 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 46 (Varejao 11), Washington 55 (Blatche 15). AssistsCleveland 19 (Moon 5), Washington 26 (Wall 10). Total FoulsCleveland 17, Washington 19. TechnicalsVarejao, Washington defensive three second. A14,442 (20,173).

Banged-up Magic hangs on 11/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 7, 2010 12:16am]

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