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Magic hold off Bobcats

Associated Press / April 22, 2010

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The Vince Carter-Dwight Howard duo again wasn’t so dynamic — just good enough to win.

For now, that’s all the Orlando Magic need.

Carter finished with 19 points, Howard scored 15, and the Magic took a 2-0 series lead with a 92-77 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats last night in Orlando, Fla.

“Fortunate thing for us,’’ Carter said, “is we have a lot of weapons.’’

The Magic’s star combo was less than stellar, but took over when it counted most. They combined for 21 second-half points to help Orlando build a 20-point lead and hold on late.

Still, they know they’ll have to be better to compete for a title.

“I can’t allow it to frustrate me,’’ Howard said. “We’re playing for something bigger.’’

Stephen Jackson showed no effects from his hyperextended left knee to score 27 points, and Gerald Wallace had 15 points for the Bobcats. But their 21 turnovers are a big reason why they’re heading home still searching for the franchise’s first playoff win.

Spurs 102, Mavericks 88 — Richard Jefferson rebounded from a miserable performance in the opener to score 19 points, helping San Antonio win in Dallas and the series at one game apiece.

Jefferson responded just how coach Gregg Popovich was hoping when he said “we had a lot of guys that played like dogs’’ in the opener. Jefferson matched his Game 1 points in the opening minutes and had 17 by halftime, several coming during a 12-1 surge that broke it open for good.

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