Magic crumbles vs. NBA's worst

Corey Maggette, who leads the Bobcats with a season-high 29 points, drives past the Magic’s Jason Richardson (23) and Dwight Howard. Charlotte rallied from 20 down to improve to 5-31.

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Corey Maggette, who leads the Bobcats with a season-high 29 points, drives past the Magic’s Jason Richardson (23) and Dwight Howard. Charlotte rallied from 20 down to improve to 5-31.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Bobcats gave Magic coach Stan Van Gundy a stress test he really didn't need Tuesday night.

Van Gundy, released from a Toronto hospital after experiencing chest pains Monday night, watched his team lose to the league's worst team, 100-84, blowing a 20-point second-quarter lead.

The Magic led 37-17 early in the second quarter before the 5-31 Bobcats clawed back on a 12-0 run to trail 48-43 at halftime.

The theme for the rest of the night: Orlando's shooting cooled off, their turnovers multiplied and their defense caved.

Corey Maggette scored a season-high 29 for the Bobcats, who had lost 21 of their previous 22.

"Our guys are satisfied that we came in with the third-best record in the East and the fifth-best record in the league," Van Gundy said. "They're satisfied with that. I don't think there's any push to be better or any push to be great. If there is, it doesn't show up in games."

Added Van Gundy: "This is who are. Whether we change that or not, I don't know."

On Monday, Van Gundy experienced mild chest pains but kept coaching during a victory against the Raptors. Van Gundy, 52, continued to have pain after the game and remained in Toronto. He was sent to the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital as a precaution and tests determined he did not suffer a heart attack.

game highlights: Rodney Stuckey scored 34 and the host Pistons beat the Lakers 88-85 in overtime. Kobe Bryant's shot at the buzzer forced OT. … Kevin Garnett had 13 rebounds to pass Shaquille O'Neal and move into 12th on the NBA's career list, and Paul Pierce scored seven of his 30 in overtime to lead the host Celtics past the Rockets 97-92. … LeBron James scored 21 and banked in a halfcourt shot as the host Heat routed the Nets 108-78. Miami's Dwyane Wade turned his right ankle late in the first half and did not return; the team said he could have continued playing if needed.

around the league: Bryant was reportedly fined $40,000 and Celtics Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were fined $20,000 each for missing appearances during All-Star weekend in Orlando. … The Timberwolves sent video to the league seeking to illustrate that defenders are playing rookie guard Ricky Rubio too physically and that fouls have been uncalled. In his past six games, Rubio shot 20 percent (9-for-45), averaging 5.8 points and 7.3 assists. Before that, he was averaging 11.5 points and 8.4 assists, shooting 35.6 percent. … Bulls guard Richard Hamilton is day to day because of a bruised and mildly sprained right shoulder. Hamilton has been limited to 16 games this season because of nagging injuries. … Pacers reserve center Jeff Foster is expected to miss at least a week with a sore lower back.

Bobcats 100, Magic 84

ORLANDO (84): Turkoglu 2-10 0-0 6, Anderson 5-15 2-2 14, Howard 6-13 3-8 15, Nelson 3-8 0-0 7, J.Richardson 3-10 2-3 9, Q.Richardson 3-4 0-0 8, Davis 3-8 2-4 8, Duhon 1-1 0-0 3, Redick 5-11 0-0 14, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-80 9-17 84.

CHARLOTTE (100): Maggette 9-17 10-11 29, White 4-8 0-0 8, Biyombo 2-4 6-10 10, Augustin 3-7 0-0 8, Henderson 7-16 2-4 16, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Carroll 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Mullens 3-5 2-2 8, Walker 5-12 0-0 10, Najera 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 38-80 20-27 100.

Orlando 25 23 23 13— 84

Charlotte 15 28 29 28— 100

3-Point GoalsOrlando 13-35 (Redick 4-7, Q.Richardson 2-3, Turkoglu 2-6, Anderson 2-10, Duhon 1-1, Nelson 1-3, J.Richardson 1-5), Charlotte 4-10 (Augustin 2-3, Maggette 1-1, Najera 1-3, Henderson 0-1, Walker 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 50 (Howard 17), Charlotte 56 (Biyombo 15). AssistsOrlando 18 (Nelson 4), Charlotte 25 (Walker, Augustin 8). Total FoulsOrlando 25, Charlotte 17. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second, Charlotte Coach Silas 2. Ejected— Charlotte coach Silas. A13,110 (19,077).

Heat 108, Nets 78

NEW JERSEY (78): Stevenson 2-8 2-3 7, Humphries 3-10 3-4 9, She.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, D.Williams 7-13 0-0 16, Brooks 5-11 0-0 12, Green 1-7 0-0 3, Petro 4-9 2-2 11, Morrow 3-8 0-0 6, Farmar 1-4 0-0 3, Gaines 3-8 1-3 7, J.Williams 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 31-83 8-12 78.

MIAMI (108): L.James 9-11 2-2 21, Bosh 9-14 2-2 20, Anthony 1-2 0-0 2, Chalmers 3-8 0-0 8, Wade 6-8 1-1 13, Pittman 4-7 2-2 10, Battier 4-7 0-0 11, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 2-6 0-0 6, Cole 5-7 1-2 13, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 1-3 0-0 2, Curry 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 45-77 8-9 108.

New Jersey 17 20 19 22— 78

Miami 30 34 24 20— 108

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 8-22 (Brooks 2-4, D.Williams 2-5, Petro 1-1, Farmar 1-2, Green 1-2, Stevenson 1-6, Gaines 0-2), Miami 10-17 (Battier 3-5, Cole 2-3, Chalmers 2-3, Miller 2-4, L.James 1-1, Jones 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 39 (Petro 8), Miami 50 (L.James 9). AssistsNew Jersey 14 (D.Williams 4), Miami 30 (Chalmers 7). Total FoulsNew Jersey 12, Miami 13. A19,600 (19,600).

Pistons 88, Lakers 85 OT

L.A. LAKERS (85): World Peace 2-9 0-0 4, Gasol 8-14 4-4 20, A.Bynum 13-18 4-5 30, Fisher 1-2 0-0 2, Bryant 8-26 4-6 22, Barnes 0-3 2-2 2, Murphy 0-2 0-0 0, Blake 0-2 0-0 0, Goudelock 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 34-81 14-17 85.

DETROIT (88): Prince 5-15 0-0 10, Maxiell 5-11 0-0 10, Monroe 1-10 0-0 2, Knight 0-6 0-0 0, Stuckey 13-20 7-7 34, Gordon 7-15 1-1 15, Jerebko 3-8 2-2 10, Wilkins 2-6 1-2 5, Wallace 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 37-93 11-12 88.

L.A. Lakers 24 17 20 17 7— 85

Detroit 17 28 9 24 10— 88

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 3-22 (Bryant 2-9, Goudelock 1-3, Fisher 0-1, Blake 0-2, Barnes 0-2, World Peace 0-5), Detroit 3-10 (Jerebko 2-3, Stuckey 1-1, Knight 0-2, Gordon 0-2, Prince 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 55 (A.Bynum 14), Detroit 52 (Monroe 15). AssistsL.A. Lakers 22 (Bryant 7), Detroit 17 (Gordon 5). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 15, Detroit 19. TechnicalsL.A. Lakers defensive three second. A22,076 (22,076).

Celtics 97, Rockets 92 OT

HOUSTON (92): Parsons 5-8 2-2 12, Scola 6-11 6-8 18, Dalembert 4-11 3-4 11, Lowry 4-17 8-10 18, Martin 4-10 2-2 11, Patterson 2-9 0-0 4, Dragic 5-11 0-0 11, Lee 2-6 2-3 7. Totals 32-83 23-29 92.

BOSTON (97): Pierce 9-21 11-12 30, Bass 4-8 0-0 8, Garnett 4-7 5-8 13, Rondo 4-12 1-4 9, Allen 7-15 4-5 21, Wilcox 1-4 2-2 4, Stiemsma 4-6 0-0 8, Pietrus 0-2 0-0 0, Dooling 0-2 0-0 0, Bradley 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 35-81 23-31 97.

Houston 28 12 28 16 8— 92

Boston 21 25 17 21 13— 97

3-Point GoalsHouston 5-19 (Lowry 2-8, Lee 1-1, Dragic 1-2, Martin 1-6, Parsons 0-2), Boston 4-14 (Allen 3-8, Pierce 1-3, Dooling 0-1, Pietrus 0-2). Fouled OutDalembert. ReboundsHouston 64 (Dalembert 17), Boston 47 (Garnett 13). AssistsHouston 18 (Lowry 7), Boston 26 (Rondo 12). Total FoulsHouston 25, Boston 21. TechnicalsHouston defensive three second, Garnett. A18,624 (18,624).

Hawks 101, Pacers 96

ATLANTA (101): Smith 12-19 1-2 27, Williams 4-11 2-2 12, Pachulia 4-7 4-4 12, Teague 3-10 3-6 9, Hinrich 1-5 0-0 2, Dampier 1-2 0-0 2, Pargo 6-13 0-0 16, McGrady 2-5 1-2 5, I.Johnson 3-5 3-3 9, Radmanovic 2-2 0-0 4, Stackhouse 0-4 3-3 3. Totals 38-83 17-22 101.

INDIANA (96): Granger 6-17 5-8 19, West 10-13 4-5 24, Hibbert 3-6 7-10 13, Collison 2-7 0-0 5, George 3-11 4-6 11, Hansbrough 1-4 5-5 7, Hill 5-10 4-4 15, Amundson 1-1 0-2 2, Price 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-70 29-40 96.

Atlanta 29 29 18 25— 101

Indiana 22 32 17 25— 96

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-19 (Pargo 4-7, Smith 2-4, Williams 2-5, Stackhouse 0-1, Teague 0-2), Indiana 5-15 (Granger 2-7, George 1-2, Collison 1-3, Hill 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 53 (Pachulia 10), Indiana 47 (Hibbert, Granger 8). AssistsAtlanta 23 (Teague 9), Indiana 13 (Collison 4). Total FoulsAtlanta 28, Indiana 23. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second. A11,393 (18,165).

Magic crumbles vs. NBA's worst 03/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:21pm]

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