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Jackson, Bobcats frustrate Magic

ORLANDO — The last time Charlotte came to Orlando, Stephen Jackson was suiting up for his first game since being traded to the Bobcats and predicting his new team would make the playoffs.

Such a statement might have seemed laughable in November. Now, Jackson seems to have Charlotte headed for its first postseason berth in franchise history.

Jackson scored 28, Raymond Felton had 16 and the Bobcats held on to tie a franchise record with their sixth straight victory, 96-89 over the Magic on Sunday.

"I think big win is an understatement," Jackson said. "We're starting to win games we're supposed to win, and we're getting big wins, too."

Former Brandon High standout Stephen Graham added 12 points to help the Bobcats pull away with a late 12-3 run for their first win in four chances this season against the Southeast Division leader. And they did it without All-Star Gerald Wallace, out with an injured left ankle.

After winning the previous seven games against Charlotte, the defending Eastern Conference champion Magic can easily see the biggest difference with its division foe.

"Stephen Jackson," Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said. "He's good for that team. … He's definitely stepped up their level as a team. The intensity that he brings to the game offensively, defensively, the emotions, everything, is a positive for that team."

Dwight Howard had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Vince Carter finished with 23 points for the Magic, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped. Mickael Pietrus added 20 points in place of injured starter Matt Barnes, sidelined with a sprained left big toe.

"We weren't very good at anything," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We didn't rebound. We didn't take care of the ball. We didn't shoot well. We didn't defend. We just weren't very good at anything."

The Bobcats battled with Howard inside, frustrating the Magic center. He was called for an offensive foul for extending his arm into Tyson Chandler. And after throwing the ball to the corner and arguing with officials, Howard was whistled for his 14th technical foul of the season.

That was all part of a 12-3 run for the Bobcats that pushed them ahead 84-74 about halfway through the fourth. The Magic trimmed the lead to 84-81, but Charlotte's relentless defensive pressure kept it in front for good.

Game highlights: LeBron James scored 30, 24 in the second half, and the host Cavaliers wore down the aging Celtics for a 104-93. Cavs forward Antawn Jamison scored 15 and had 12 rebounds after missing one game with a sore knee. … Jerry Stackhouse tied his season high with 20 points and the host Bucks, who won their sixth straight game, beat the Pacers 98-94. … Dwyane Wade scored 38 as the host Heat beat the 76ers 104-91. Heat center Jermaine O'Neal was ejected, but the Heat went on a 14-3 run to start the final period. … Kevin Durant scored 35, Russell Westbrook added 30 and the host Thunder beat the Jazz 119-111.

Around the league: The Celtics' Glen Davis denies he intentionally tried to hurt Cavs center Shaquille O'Neal in a game earlier this season, calling the accusations "crazy." O'Neal is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after tearing a ligament in his thumb. Davis blocked his shot Feb. 25, and after the block, replays seemed to catch Davis squeezing O'Neal's hand on the next possession. Davis says he was simply battling O'Neal for position and didn't know the hand was injured until O'Neal called a timeout. Davis he texted O'Neal after the incident and says his fellow LSU alum responded, "Don't worry, I'll be back." … Pacers point guard T.J. Ford is expected to miss seven to 10 days with a sore left groin.

Bobcats 96, Magic 89

CHARLOTTE (96): Graham 4-8 3-3 12, Diaw 4-5 0-0 9, Ratliff 4-10 2-2 10, Felton 5-12 6-7 16, Jackson 10-20 5-6 28, Thomas 3-9 3-4 9, Augustin 2-5 1-2 5, Chandler 3-4 1-2 7, Henderson 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-75 21-26 96.

ORLANDO (89): Pietrus 7-13 1-2 20, Lewis 1-7 0-0 3, Howard 12-14 3-10 27, Nelson 2-10 0-0 4, Carter 7-13 6-7 23, Williams 2-6 0-0 6, Bass 0-3 0-0 0, Gortat 0-0 2-2 2, Redick 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 33-72 12-21 89.

Charlotte 26 25 21 24— 96

Orlando 25 28 15 21— 89

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 5-10 (Jackson 3-5, Graham 1-2, Diaw 1-2, Augustin 0-1), Orlando 11-32 (Pietrus 5-7, Carter 3-8, Williams 2-4, Lewis 1-6, Howard 0-1, Redick 0-3, Nelson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 53 (Ratliff, Thomas 9), Orlando 40 (Howard 16). AssistsCharlotte 20 (Felton 7), Orlando 16 (Carter 6). Total FoulsCharlotte 22, Orlando 25. TechnicalsHoward, Orlando defensive three second. A17,461.

Cavaliers 104, Celtics 93

BOSTON (93): Pierce 6-14 3-3 18, Garnett 5-11 8-8 18, Perkins 3-5 0-2 6, Rondo 6-11 4-4 16, R.Allen 7-14 3-4 20, Wallace 1-8 3-4 5, Davis 2-4 0-3 4, Daniels 0-3 0-0 0, Robinson 0-3 0-0 0, Finley 2-7 0-0 4, S.Williams 0-0 2-2 2, T.Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-80 23-30 93.

CLEVELAND (104): James 9-21 11-16 30, Jamison 6-17 2-8 15, Hickson 4-10 4-6 12, M.Williams 5-13 0-0 14, Parker 2-6 1-2 6, Varejao 6-8 5-8 17, West 1-3 2-2 4, Moon 0-2 0-0 0, Powe 0-0 6-6 6. Totals 33-80 31-48 104.

Boston 18 30 24 21— 93

Cleveland 24 30 26 24— 104

3-Point GoalsBoston 6-17 (R.Allen 3-5, Pierce 3-5, Rondo 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Wallace 0-2, Finley 0-3), Cle. 7-22 (M.Williams 4-7, James 1-3, Parker 1-4, Jamison 1-7, Moon 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 54 (Rondo 8), Cle. 65 (Jamison 12). AssistsBoston 18 (Rondo 6), Cle. 20 (James 7). Total FoulsBoston 33, Cle. 19. TechnicalsGarnett, Hickson, Cle. defensive three second 2. A20,562.

Heat 104, 76ers 91

PHILADELPHIA (91): Iguodala 5-15 5-5 15, Brand 3-10 2-4 8, Dalembert 3-7 0-0 6, Holiday 4-9 0-0 12, Williams 2-9 3-3 8, Smith 2-5 1-2 5, Meeks 0-1 0-0 0, Young 5-12 3-3 14, Carney 2-4 0-0 6, Kapono 6-14 2-2 17. Totals 32-86 16-19 91.

MIAMI (104): Richardson 2-8 2-2 8, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, O'Neal 3-10 4-6 10, Arroyo 6-9 0-0 12, Wade 14-25 9-11 38, Haslem 6-10 1-2 13, Magloire 2-3 0-2 4, Chalmers 2-6 0-0 5, Jones 4-7 3-3 14. Totals 39-79 19-26 104.

Philadelphia 21 28 24 18— 91

Miami 31 26 21 26— 104

3-Point GoalsPhi. 11-24 (Holiday 4-5, Kapono 3-8, Carney 2-3, Young 1-2, Williams 1-3, Meeks 0-1, Iguodala 0-2), Miami 7-22 (Jones 3-6, Richardson 2-7, Chalmers 1-4, Wade 1-4, Arroyo 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhi. 48 (Brand 10), Miami 56 (Haslem 12). AssistsPhi. 20 (Iguodala 9), Miami 24 (Arroyo 10). Total FoulsPhi. 20, Miami 17. TechnicalsDalembert, O'Neal 2. Ejected— O'Neal. A18,129.

Bucks 98, Pacers 94

INDIANA (94): Granger 8-18 11-11 29, Murphy 4-11 5-6 14, Hibbert 1-5 4-4 6, Watson 5-11 2-2 15, Rush 5-14 2-3 13, McRoberts 0-0 0-0 0, D.Jones 0-2 2-2 2, Price 1-7 4-4 6, S.Jones 3-4 3-4 9. Totals 27-72 33-36 94.

MILWAUKEE (98): Delfino 1-4 2-2 5, Mbah a Moute 4-7 2-3 10, Bogut 7-18 3-7 17, Jennings 3-7 1-1 8, Salmons 3-11 6-6 12, Stackhouse 7-13 2-2 20, Ridnour 5-8 2-3 13, Ilyasova 3-10 0-0 7, Thomas 3-5 0-0 6, Bell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-84 18-24 98.

Indiana 19 22 21 32— 94

Milwaukee 23 26 27 22— 98

3-Point GoalsInd. 7-21 (Watson 3-5, Granger 2-5, Rush 1-3, Murphy 1-6, S.Jones 0-1, D.Jones 0-1), Mil. 8-16 (Stackhouse 4-6, Ridnour 1-1, Jennings 1-1, Delfino 1-3, Ilyasova 1-3, Salmons 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsInd. 49 (Murphy 13), Mil. 53 (Bogut 12). AssistsInd. 19 (Granger, Rush, Price, Watson 3), Mil. 22 (Jennings 8). Total FoulsInd. 19, Mil. 25. TechnicalsInd. Coach O'Brien, Price. Flagrant Fouls —Thomas. A15,107.

Thunder 119, Jazz 111

UTAH (111): Miles 3-12 0-0 8, Boozer 8-14 2-3 18, Millsap 6-14 1-2 13, Williams 8-14 10-11 27, Matthews 9-11 5-6 29, Korver 4-9 1-2 11, Fesenko 1-3 2-8 4, Gaines 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 39-77 22-34 111.

OKLAHOMA CITY (119): Durant 10-17 13-13 35, Green 5-11 4-5 14, Krstic 5-8 3-4 13, Westbrook 12-16 6-11 30, Sefolosha 5-9 2-2 13, Collison 4-6 0-0 8, Ibaka 0-0 0-0 0, Weaver 0-2 0-0 0, Maynor 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 44-73 28-35 119.

Utah 26 23 30 32— 111

Oklahoma City 29 30 31 29— 119

3-Point GoalsUtah 11-19 (Matthews 6-7, Korver 2-3, Miles 2-6, Williams 1-3), Okla. City 3-12 (Durant 2-6, Sefolosha 1-2, Green 0-2, Weaver 0-2). Fouled OutWilliams. ReboundsUtah 41 (Boozer 11), Okla. City 45 (Ibaka, Sefolosha 6). AssistsUtah 27 (Williams 14), Okla. City 22 (Westbrook 11). Total FoulsUtah 25, Okla. City 27. TechsBoozer, Utah Coach Sloan. A18,203.

Jackson, Bobcats frustrate Magic 03/14/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 14, 2010 11:47pm]

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