Magic dump ailing Bobcats
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dwight Howard had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the injury-riddled Charlotte Bobcats 104-93 Friday night.
Already without Emeka Okafor (ankle), Kareem Rush (finger), Melvin Ely (ankle) and Sean May (knee surgery), the Bobcats lost leading scorer Gerald Wallace to a knee injury in the third quarter.
A team official said Wallace sprained his left knee, but would have an MRI exam either late Friday or early today.
Steve Francis, back in the starting lineup in his second game back from a team suspension, added 13 points and six assists.
The fan accused of harassing the wife of New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis will drop threats of a lawsuit if the couple says it's sorry, the man's attorney said.
No way, the Davises said.
"I'm not apologizing to anybody for anything," Antonio Davis said on a conference call.
Kobe Bryant plans to play for the U.S. team at this year's world basketball championships and the 2008 Olympics.
Bryant gave an emphatic nod to joining the U.S. team in a meeting with the head of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo.
Tony Parker scored a career-high 38 points, including a game-clinching jumper with 38 seconds left, as visiting San Antonio rallied to beat Miami.
Tracy McGrady scored 35 points, including the tying shot at the end of regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, to lead visiting Houston over Chicago.
Allen Iverson hit the tying jumper with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and scored 30 points to lift host Philadelphia 76ers to an overtime victory over Memphis.
Carmelo Anthony continued his surge with 31 points and host Denver beat Utah for its fourth straight win.
Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points and Eddie Griffin had 17 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks to lead host Minnesota over Indiana.
Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler each topped 20 points, and host Washington pulled away from New Orleans early in the fourth quarter.
Michael Redd scored 28 points and Bobby Simmons chipped in with 25, helping visiting Milwaukee snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Atlanta.
Ricky Davis scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and host Boston held on for a win over New Jersey.
Former Seattle All-Star Detlef Schrempf was hired by the team to fill a spot on new coach Bob Hill's staff.
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