Magic edge Bobcats 110-105 in OT
- Article by: DAN RYAN
- Associated Press
- March 28, 2014 - 9:15 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson had five points in overtime as the Orlando Magic edged the Charlotte Bobcats 110-105 on Friday night.
Aaron Afflalo, who finished with 17 points, sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining as Orlando won its second straight.
In overtime, Nelson's 3-pointer with 2:26 left put Orlando ahead for good.
Vucevic, who recorded his fifth career game with 20 points and 20 rebounds, keyed a dominant rebounding effort (57-36) by Orlando. His first-half total of 16 matched Charlotte's team total through two quarters.
Orlando, which trailed during the first 44 minutes, took a 94-93 lead on an Afflalo's free throw with 1:12 left. But Josh McRoberts, who had a career-high 24 points, drove the lane to put Charlotte ahead. Kemba Walker then hit a fadeaway jumper with 14.6 seconds left to put the Bobcats up three.
Tobias Harris had 15 points for the Magic, while Victor Oladipo added 14 and Kyle O'Quinn 13. Nelson, who missed the last four games with a sore knee, had 11.
Walker matched McRoberts with 24 points for Charlotte, while Al Jefferson scored 20. Gerald Henderson added 14 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 10.
Orlando pulled to within one point twice in the third quarter, the last when O'Quinn's layup made it 59-58 with 7:17 remaining.
Charlotte answered as McRoberts drained back-to-back 3-pointers and scored eight points during a 16-6 run that pushed the Bobcats' lead back to double-digits at 75-64. Charlotte took an 81-74 lead into the fourth quarter.
McRoberts, whose six 3-pointers were a career high, was often left unchallenged from 3-point range and took full advantage. He was 4-for-6 from behind the arc for all 12 of his first-half points as the Bobcats took a 50-41 halftime lead.
Charlotte scored the game's first five points and hit nine of its first 11 shots to take a 22-10 advantage on Kidd-Gilchrist's dunk with 6:52 remaining. The Bobcats led by as many as 16 in the opening quarter.
Orlando used 11 rebounds from Vucevic and eight points off the bench from Harris in the second quarter to get as close as 43-39 with 1:31 remaining in the second quarter. Charlotte then scored the next six points and finished the half on a 7-2 run to take a nine-point halftime lead.
NOTES: The loss sent Charlotte 2 ½ games behind Washington for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. ... This was only the third time since January that Charlotte lost to a team with a losing record.
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