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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Magic Beat Bobcats 85-77



From Sportsline.com:

Dwight Howard made Orlando's 2004 draft look smart.

The No. 1 overall selection last year, Howard had 21 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Magic over Charlotte 85-77 Tuesday night and hand the Bobcats their fifth straight loss.

Orlando chose the high school standout over Emeka Okafor, who went second to Charlotte and was named the NBA's rookie of the year last season.

Howard finished third in the balloting, but has shown significant improvement this season -- especially on this night against Okafor.

"He's going to be a beast to contain," Magic forward Tony Battie said. "He's good right now, but he's going to be great."

Howard helped get Okafor into early foul trouble. Okafor, who entered the game averaging 13 points and nine boards, finished with eight points -- all in the fourth quarter -- and six rebounds.

"Dwight played strong. I'm not really surprised," Okafor said. "He's getting the ball more this year, just getting a lot more touches, and he was authoritative with his moves."

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