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Magic poach Bobcats behind big games from Howard and Arenas

February 27, 2011

The Orlando Magic showed no letdown after their big win against Oklahoma City and easily handled the Charlotte HornetsBobcatsMJs tonight winning by a final score of 100-86.

The 89th consecutive sell-out crowd at the Amway Arena/Center was able to sit back and relax for the most part as Orlando led from start to finish.  Even when the game was close, it certainly didn’t feel like it.  Which is probably to be expected since the Bobcats just traded away their second best player in Gerald Wallace and were completely reliant on Stephen Jackson.  Captain Jack finished with 35 points but no other Bobcat scored more than 11.

Dwight Howard once again was his dominant self and led the Magic with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks.  It was the 10th consecutive time that Dwight went for 20 and 1o. Suck on that Kevin Love.

Gilbert Arenas had an excellent game for the first time in a while and let out a big “wooooooo” after being told that he set his Amway Center scoring high.

He then added, “All season I’ve been shooting the ball well in practice, but just haven’t found the rhythm in the game. I decided to come out the last few weeks and be aggressive instead of trying to play my way into the game. “

While, he absolutely had not been successful with that mentality recently, his teammates had confidence in him and urged him to keep shooting.  It paid off tonight as Gil finished with 16 points on 5-7 shooting.  A rare Orlando Hibachi moment indeed.

Jameer Nelson also had a solid game with 13 points and 7 assists.  Those stats don’t jump out at you, but he was aggressive on offense and played very good defense on D.J. Augustin.  It isn’t often that you can praise Jameer for his D, so it’s nice to be able to give him that credit.  I’m sure it also helps that D.J. is actually smaller than ‘Meer.

It’s easy to brush this game off as just another win -and honestly that’s all it should be- but with the way the Magic have been up and down this season it’s always nice to see the team take care of business and do it with passion.

Especially with the way the schedule roll’s out for the Magic over the next few weeks.  The next four games are against New York, @Miami, Chicago and Portland.  After that, the Magic hit the road for 7 of their next 8 games.  If they are going to re-establish themselves as an elite ball club, they certainly will have the chance to show the world they are for real.  We’ll see!

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