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It’s Magic! Bobcats Shock Orlando in the Cable Box

Orlando Magic 84 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Charlotte Bobcats
Corey Maggette, SF 30 MIN | 9-17 FG | 10-11 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 29 PTS | +19

Maggette was aggressive early on getting to the rim and that opened up everything for him in the second half, where he went 5-7 from the field for 18 PTS. 7 REB attest to the effort as well.

D.J. White, PF 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -4

Would have liked to see White get on the glass a little bit, but overall a nice game in just 22 minutes. White hit four timely jumpers tonight- two came in the first half, helping the Bobcats during their monster run in the second quarter.

Bismack Biyombo, C 32 MIN | 2-4 FG | 6-10 FT | 15 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +11

Easily his best game as a pro. After getting the chance to talk to Biyombo after Charlotte’s first game at home against Orlando this season I know he relishes the challenge of getting to go up against Dwight Howard. Biyombo made life difficult for Howard all night, who only scored 15 PTS. The rookie is really starting to come into his own since becoming a starter for this team and this game may have been his coming out party for the rest of the NBA and it’s fans to see.

Gerald Henderson, G 37 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +23

Hendo struggled from the field early on, starting 0-5, but he finished very strong and had a stretch of four straight possessions with a FG in the second half- essentially the FG’s that put the game out of reach for Orlando.

D.J. Augustin, PG 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 8 PTS | -4

Augustin only played 12 minutes in the second half and had a +/- of -4. On a positive note, when he was in the game he dished out 8 AST and only committed one turnover- efficient. D.J. remains the purest shooter on the floor for the Bobcats and it would help so much if he could get more open looks.

Eduardo Najera, PF 12 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +8

ENERGY. Najera brings it whenever he’s in the game. I thought to myself during the game that I’d take this guys energy everyday over what Diaw has decided to be in Charlotte this season.

Kemba Walker, PG 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 8 AST | 10 PTS | +19

Love this stat line from Kemba- Balanced, and like Augustin, Kemba was also very efficient with 8 AST and only one turnover.

Byron Mullens, C 25 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +23

13 REB!?!?!?! Who is this guy? I love to see Mullens asserting himself down low and going after the ball so aggressively when it came off the rim. Mullens still remains a pick-and-pop guy by DNA, but he did show again tonight that he’s at least trying to roll to the rim on pick-and-roll sequences every now and then.

Five Things We Saw

  1. EFFICIENCY. The guards and bigs did their job tonight. Augustin and Walker combined for 16 assist on only 3 turnovers while Biyombo and Mullens combined for 28 rebounds.
  2. HOT, HOT, HOT. The Bobcats shot 57% from the second quarter on, after starting 6-24 (25%) in the first quarter.
  3. REBOUNDING. Charlotte ranks dead last in the NBA in rebounding rate, but tonight they out-rebounded an Orlando team that ranks in the top 10 (t-8) 46-41.
  4. HAPPY TRAILS. Boris Diaw’s agent has told the team that his client wants a trade to a contending team or a buyout. Needless to say, Diaw didn’t play tonight and likely won’t ever take the floor in a Bobcats uniform again with the trade deadline only 8 days away. If the Bobcats do trade him, it’s probable they’ll be searching for a draft pick since a young asset isn’t likely for Diaw’s services.
  5. Tonight was Charlotte’s first win over a team with a winning record all season. The Bobcats will have a chance to continue the streak tomorrow night at home against the Jazz.