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Bobcats' rally was like magic

Down 19, Charlotte races past Orlando

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Associated Press / January 17, 2008

Gerald Wallace had 36 points and 14 rebounds, Jason Richardson hit a 3-pointer and four free throws in the final minute, and the Bobcats rallied to stun the Orlando Magic, 99-93, last night in Charlotte, N.C.

The Bobcats, who trailed by 19 points early in the third quarter, avoided a season sweep against the Magic with a remarkable comeback to continue a wild stretch of close finishes and big wins.

"It's very satisfying but we still have a long way to go," said first-year coach Sam Vincent. "We're 15-23. If we were .500, then we'd be getting close to being happy."

Richardson, who scored 26 points, hit a three with the shot clock running down with 31.2 seconds left to put Charlotte ahead, 93-88. Raymond Felton and Richardson then combined to hit six straight at the foul line as the Bobcats won for the fourth time in six games, all against teams above them in the standings. Charlotte beat New Jersey, Boston, Denver, and Orlando while losing in overtime to Cleveland and Detroit.

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds and Carlos Arroyo came off the bench to score 17 points for the Magic, who fell apart after point guard Jameer Nelson left because of a strained tendon in his right foot in the third quarter.

Orlando, which had won the first three games between the teams, struggled to run its offense with Arroyo and Keith Bogans running the point and went nearly four minutes without a point until Hedo Turkoglu's driving layup made it 90-87.

Richardson then hit his trey and the Magic fell to 16-9 on the road.

Pacers 125, Warriors 117 - Danny Granger scored 29 points, and host Indiana overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Golden State.

Indiana's Mike Dunleavy had 24 points and nine rebounds against his former team, and Kareem Rush scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for the Pacers.

Baron Davis had 24 points, 7 assists, 7 steals, and 6 rebounds, Al Harrington had 22 points, and Stephen Jackson had 17 points and 8 assists for the Warriors.

Golden State, which set a record for steals in a quarter with 12 in the first, led, 93-79, at the end of the third quarter, but the Warriors went cold to start the final period. Granger scored 9 points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter as part of a 13-3 run that cut the Warriors' lead to 96-92. The Pacers finally took the lead, 101-98, on a 3-pointer by Dunleavy with 6:33 left.

Knicks 111, Nets 105 - Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 35 points and hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer, leading visiting New York over New Jersey to give the Knicks the season series for the first time in eight years.

Zach Randolph added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who are 3-0 against their cross-river rivals after the Nets had owned the series since Jason Kidd arrived in the area. New York hadn't won the series since going 3-1 in the 1999-2000 season.

New York has won three in a row for the first time in a year, all without starting point guard Stephon Marbury, who is sidelined by a sore left ankle that he believes will require surgery. Eddy Curry finished with 17 points and Nate Robinson had 13.

Raptors 116, Kings 91 - Chris Bosh had 31 points and Carlos Delfino came off the bench to score a season-high 26 as Toronto spoiled Mike Bibby's season debut by beating visiting Sacramento.

Playing for the first time after missing 36 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb, Bibby began his season when he came off the bench late in the first quarter. He finished with 19 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes.

Bulls 126, Heat 96 - Ben Gordon scored 24 points, Joe Smith added 23, and Chicago handed host Miami its 11th straight loss.

Shaquille O'Neal, out since Dec. 26 with a hip injury, had 24 points and 10 rebounds in his return to the lineup for Miami, and fouled out for the sixth time this season.

Bucks 87, Hawks 80 - Andrew Bogut had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots and host Milwaukee pulled away from Atlanta, which shot 2 for 17 in the fourth quarter.

Hornets 123, SuperSonics 92 - Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points, leading six Hornets in double figures, and host New Orleans handed Seattle its 10th loss in 11 games.

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