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Rejuvenated Carter rallies Magic with 48

Vince Carter, shaking off his January slump, goes to the hoop on Sean Marks during his 48-point performance for the Magic.

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Vince Carter, shaking off his January slump, goes to the hoop on Sean Marks during his 48-point performance for the Magic.

ORLANDO — The high-flying layups. The fall-away jumpers. The step-back 3-pointers.

Vinsanity was back.

Vince Carter had a season-high 48 points, leading the Magic back from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the Hornets 123-117 on Monday night.

After one of the most sensational games in his career, all Carter could do was shake his head and smile.

"Been a while," he said.

Shooting just 28 percent in January and being booed on his home floor suddenly seems like a distant memory since the calendar flipped. The kid from nearby Daytona Beach had his adopted hometown fans with their jaws dropped like never before in a Magic uniform.

"It's a new month. A new month brings new things. The past is the past, and it's going to be that," Carter said. "I've had rough months. That's just how it goes. And I know the expectations, and you work so hard to have an impressive resume, so it's expected each and every night. I understand that, and I don't have a problem with that.

"I don't mind being booed because I know what I can do. So I was just going to continue to play and shine through."

Carter shot 19-of-27 overall and had 34 points in the second half with some of the most sizzling moves since he joined the Magic, which has won nine of its past 11 games. He added seven rebounds, two assists and a stockpile of highlights to his already illustrious career.

"I've never seen anybody do that on my team," point guard Jameer Nelson said. "I called his number like six times in a row, and he made it six times in a row."

Peja Stojakovic had 29 points and Darren Collison and David West 27 apiece for the Hornets, who have lost four of five since Chris Paul went down with an injured left knee.

But there was no stopping Carter, who had the most points by a Magic player since Tracy McGrady, Carter's cousin, had 62 against Washington on March 10, 2004.

"He was unbelievable," Stojakovic said. "He made some really tough shots over two guys or three guys."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Cavaliers could get guard Delonte West back tonight against the Nets. He has missed eight games with a broken left ring finger. … The Lakers' Kobe Bryant missed a second straight game with a sore left ankle. … Clippers center Chris Kaman will replace the Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy in this weekend's All-Star game. … Pacers center Jeff Foster will miss the rest of the season with a back injury. … The snowed-out game between the Hawks and Wizards was rescheduled for March 11.

Magic 123, Hornets 117

NEW ORLEANS (117): Stojakovic 11-18 2-3 29, West 10-19 7-7 27, Okafor 0-4 0-0 0, Collison 12-22 2-4 27, Peterson 2-4 2-2 8, Marks 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 2-2 0-0 4, Posey 3-8 3-3 10, Songaila 5-10 0-0 10, Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Hart 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-89 16-19 117.

ORLANDO (123): Barnes 2-5 0-0 5, Lewis 5-9 5-6 18, Howard 8-13 9-13 25, Nelson 2-8 0-0 4, Carter 19-27 4-4 48, Williams 3-7 2-2 9, Redick 0-1 0-0 0, Bass 2-3 0-0 4, Pietrus 3-7 1-3 8, Gortat 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 45-83 21-28 123.

New Orleans 32 38 24 23— 117

Orlando 28 27 32 36— 123

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 9-18 (Stojakovic 5-8, Peterson 2-4, Collison 1-2, Posey 1-4), Orlando 12-26 (Carter 6-10, Lewis 3-5, Barnes 1-2, Williams 1-2, Pietrus 1-5, Nelson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 41 (Stojakovic 9), Orlando 50 (Howard 12). AssistsNew Orleans 21 (Collison 9), Orlando 21 (Nelson 10). Total FoulsNew Orleans 21, Orlando 18. TechnicalsHoward. Flagrant Fouls—Songaila. A17,461 (17,461).

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