Carter, Nelson boost the Magic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Maybe the slump is over for Vince Carter — and the Magic, too.

The Magic won its third consecutive game, beating the Bobcats 106-95 in overtime on Saturday night.

Point guard Jameer Nelson scored 21, six in the extra period, and Carter came alive to add 21 as the Magic improved to 29-15.

Orlando, which had lost seven of nine games before the current streak, scored the first 11 in overtime to end Charlotte's nine-game home winning streak.

Carter finished with his highest point total since last year, specifically Dec. 30, 2009, against Milwaukee.

He scored 25 against the Bucks to build his average to 19.9, but it sank to 16.4 after he sprained his left shoulder.

Nelson hit a jumper to break an 87-87 tie with 37.8 seconds left, then Rashard Lewis made both free throws to give the Magic a four-point lead at 91-87. Game over, right?

Nope. Raymond Felton hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 91-90. Carter was fouled on the inbounds with 6.9 seconds left, but he made just 1 of 2 free throws, keeping the Bobcats alive.

Bobcats small forward Gerald Wallace, scoreless in the first three quarters, made his first field goal in eight attempts with under four minutes to play, a 3-pointer that trimmed Orlando's lead to 79-78.

The Bobcats cut a 16-point deficit to three at 75-72 with under five minutes left, but J.J. Redick drilled a 3-pointer to stop Charlotte's run at eight consecutive points.

The Magic showed the Bobcats — the league's No. 1 ranked team in fewest points allowed per game — a thing or three about defense.

They put the clamps on the Bobcats in the third quarter. The Magic built a 16-point lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Lewis and Mickael Pietrus and held them to 12 points until D.J. Augustin hit consecutive 3-pointers to whittle Charlotte's deficit to 10 at 69-59.

Orlando had committed 21 and 23 turnovers in its last two outings, and coach Stan Van Gundy warned that the miscues might cost it a win.

No wonder Van Gundy went bonkers in the third period after Stephen Jackson stole a lackadaisical pass from Carter and Jackson scored unmolested. The Magic had five turnovers in the quarter.

Carter led the Magic to a 49-45 halftime lead, scoring 14 on 6-of-11 shooting, hitting two 3 pointers. He had showed signs of burrowing out of his slump on Friday night in Orlando against the Kings, scoring 11 on 4-of-11 shooting.

The Magic started to find the range in the second quarter, shooting 55.6 percent. It pushed its lead to nine at 34-25 on the second consecutive layup by Jason Williams.

Backup center Marcin Gortat had to leave the floor after apparently bumping his right knee, but he returned.

Carter's highlight layup, in which he made coming into the basket backward, gave the Magic a 47-41 lead.

The Magic led the opening quarter 24-21, principally because its buried four 3-point shots and the Bobcats were 0-for-5.

Despite Dwight Howard's presence, Charlotte outscored Orlando in the paint 18-6 with either center Nazr Mohammed scoring or point guard Raymond Felton penetrating.

Game highlights: Daniel Gibson's 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds remaining gave the host Cavaliers a 100-99 victory over the Thunder, Oklahoma City's second loss in two nights in the final seconds. LeBron James had 37 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Cavaliers (34-11) win their fourth straight. Kevin Durant had 34 points for Oklahoma City, which lost to Memphis on Friday when Rudy Gay hit a 20-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining. … Dwyane Wade had 27 points and eight assists before sitting out the fourth quarter as the host Heat beat freefalling Sacramento 115-84. … Elton Brand scored 23 as the 76ers beat the host Pacers 107-97. … Martell Webster scored a career-high 28 to help the short-handed Trail Blazers beat the host Pistons 97-93.

Around the league: Center Joakim Noah, a former Gator and the Bulls' leading rebounder, sat out Chicago's game against Houston because of a left foot injury. … The Cavs signed point guard Cedric Jackson to a 10-day contract after injuries to Mo Williams (sprained shoulder) and Delonte West (broken finger) in the past few days. … Suns guard Leandro Barbosa will have surgery to remove a cyst on his right wrist and is expected to be sidelined for about a month. … Hornets forward David West is day to day with a sprained left ankle sustained Friday against the Timberwolves.

Times wires contributed to this report.

Magic 106, Bobcats 95, OT

ORLANDO (106): Barnes 4-11 3-4 13, Lewis 6-17 2-2 18, Howard 4-11 2-4 10, Nelson 8-12 2-2 21, Carter 8-16 3-5 21, Williams 2-4 0-0 4, Anderson 1-5 3-3 5, Redick 3-5 1-2 9, Pietrus 1-5 0-0 3, Gortat 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-87 16-22 106.

CHARLOTTE (95): Wallace 2-11 4-4 9, Diaw 2-9 2-2 7, Mohammed 5-9 2-3 12, Felton 6-15 1-2 14, Jackson 6-18 3-6 15, Diop 3-3 0-0 6, Augustin 8-14 1-1 22, Murray 1-6 2-2 5, Brown 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 35-88 16-22 95.

Orlando 24 25 20 23 14— 106

Charlotte 21 24 14 33 3— 95

3-Point GoalsOrlando 14-39 (Lewis 4-13, Nelson 3-3, Redick 2-4, Barnes 2-5, Carter 2-6, Pietrus 1-5, Anderson 0-1, Howard 0-1, Williams 0-1), Charlotte 9-27 (Augustin 5-9, Murray 1-2, Felton 1-3, Wallace 1-3, Diaw 1-6, Jackson 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 58 (Howard 20), Charlotte 56 (Wallace, Diaw 10). AssistsOrlando 22 (Nelson 7), Charlotte 17 (Diaw 5). Total FoulsOrlando 21, Charlotte 21. TechnicalsJackson. A19,277.

Heat 115, Kings 84

SACRAMENTO (84): Greene 2-9 3-5 8, Thompson 2-6 2-3 6, Brockman 2-4 2-4 6, Evans 5-10 5-6 15, Martin 1-7 3-5 5, Udoka 1-3 0-0 2, Hawes 7-12 0-2 14, Nocioni 2-4 0-0 5, Casspi 6-10 1-3 13, Udrih 1-4 1-1 3, Rodriguez 2-2 1-3 5, Armstrong 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 32-73 18-32 84.

MIAMI (115): Richardson 3-4 2-4 9, Beasley 8-15 5-5 21, O'Neal 5-10 2-5 12, Alston 2-4 1-2 6, Wade 11-15 5-7 27, Anthony 0-0 0-2 0, Haslem 5-11 4-4 14, Wright 4-8 0-1 10, Chalmers 2-3 2-2 7, Magloire 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Arroyo 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 44-78 21-32 115.

Sacramento 25 20 16 23— 84

Miami 33 32 24 26— 115

3-Point GoalsSacramento 2-11 (Nocioni 1-1, Greene 1-3, Martin 0-1, Udrih 0-1, Evans 0-1, Udoka 0-1, Casspi 0-3), Miami 6-15 (Wright 2-3, Chalmers 1-2, Richardson 1-2, Jones 1-2, Alston 1-3, Wade 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 47 (Thompson, Hawes 7), Miami 53 (Beasley 13). AssistsSacramento 15 (Martin, Evans 3), Miami 21 (Wade 8). Total FoulsSacramento 20, Miami 22. TechnicalsGreene, Sacramento defensive three second, Sacramento Bench, O'Neal, Miami defensive three second 2. A18,521.

76ers 107, Pacers 97

PHILADELPHIA (107): Iguodala 3-9 0-0 9, Brand 9-21 5-6 23, Dalembert 0-5 2-2 2, Holiday 2-6 0-0 4, Iverson 7-16 2-2 17, Williams 4-10 5-6 14, Speights 2-4 2-2 6, Young 9-16 3-4 22, Green 4-10 1-1 10, Carney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-97 20-23 107.

INDIANA (97): Granger 7-13 7-7 22, Murphy 4-10 2-3 11, Hibbert 1-6 2-2 4, Watson 1-4 4-4 6, Rush 6-11 0-0 14, Dunleavy 3-9 1-1 8, Head 2-7 0-0 5, Price 5-8 3-5 17, D.Jones 3-6 0-0 6, S.Jones 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 34-76 19-22 97.

Philadelphia 27 30 29 21— 107

Indiana 29 21 23 24— 97

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 7-11 (Iguodala 3-4, Williams 1-1, Iverson 1-1, Young 1-2, Green 1-3), Indiana 10-27 (Price 4-4, Rush 2-5, Murphy 1-3, Head 1-3, Granger 1-4, Dunleavy 1-5, Watson 0-1, D.Jones 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 55 (Dalembert 12), Indiana 50 (Murphy 12). AssistsPhiladelphia 19 (Iguodala, Brand 4), Indiana 17 (Murphy, Watson, D.Jones, Rush, Granger 3). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 20, Indiana 21. A16,074

Cavaliers 100, Thunder 99

OKLAHOMA CITY (99): Durant 10-25 12-13 34, J.Green 4-14 2-2 11, Krstic 4-8 1-3 9, Westbrook 8-18 7-9 23, Sefolosha 2-5 0-0 5, Collison 1-2 0-0 2, Harden 1-8 6-6 9, Ibaka 2-3 0-0 4, Maynor 0-1 0-0 0, Mullens 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-86 28-33 99.

CLEVELAND (100): James 9-19 13-19 37, Hickson 4-6 1-2 9, O'Neal 8-10 6-15 22, Gibson 5-13 0-0 13, Parker 1-7 0-0 2, J.Williams 5-7 0-0 12, Varejao 1-2 0-2 2, D.Green 1-3 0-0 3, Ilgauskas 0-2 0-2 0, C.Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-69 20-40 100.

Oklahoma City 23 20 35 21— 99

Cleveland 26 30 21 23— 100

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 5-11 (Durant 2-3, Sefolosha 1-1, Harden 1-3, J.Green 1-3, Westbrook 0-1), Cleveland 12-28 (James 6-10, Gibson 3-8, J.Williams 2-3, D.Green 1-3, Parker 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 51 (Durant 10), Cleveland 62 (James, Hickson 9). AssistsOklahoma City 15 (Westbrook 5), Cleveland 19 (James 12). Total FoulsOklahoma City 25, Cleveland 25. TechnicalsOklahoma City defensive three second. A20,562 (20,562).

Blazers 97, Pistons 93

PORTLAND (97): Webster 9-19 4-4 28, Aldridge 10-18 1-2 21, Pendergraph 1-1 0-0 2, Miller 3-6 5-6 11, Blake 5-12 0-0 11, Fernandez 4-8 10-10 19, Cunningham 1-2 1-2 3, Howard 1-5 0-2 2. Totals 34-71 21-26 97.

DETROIT (93): Prince 2-6 2-2 6, Wilcox 4-6 0-1 8, Wallace 2-4 2-6 6, Stuckey 8-17 4-6 20, Hamilton 6-16 11-11 25, Jerebko 2-4 0-0 5, Villanueva 7-18 2-2 17, Atkins 0-1 0-0 0, Maxiell 1-2 4-6 6, Daye 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-75 25-34 93.

Portland 32 24 18 23— 97

Detroit 21 21 27 24— 93

3-Point GoalsPortland 8-22 (Webster 6-13, Fernandez 1-3, Blake 1-4, Aldridge 0-1, Cunningham 0-1), Detroit 4-21 (Hamilton 2-5, Jerebko 1-2, Villanueva 1-9, Atkins 0-1, Daye 0-1, Prince 0-1, Stuckey 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 43 (Aldridge 8), Detroit 51 (Wallace, Wilcox 8). AssistsPortland 27 (Miller 13), Detroit 19 (Hamilton 9). Total FoulsPortland 24, Detroit 23. TechnicalsBlake, Howard, Portland defensive three second 2, Maxiell, Villanueva. Flagrant Fouls—Villanueva. A19,114.

Carter, Nelson boost the Magic 01/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:01pm]

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