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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Magic Beat Bobcats 108-92



From Sportsline.com:

The Orlando Magic solved one problem and will have to wait for the answer on another.

Dwight Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Magic took advantage of the injury-riddled Charlotte frontcourt for a 108-92 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday night.

The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Magic, but they won without Grant Hill, who was put on the inactive list before the game with a groin strain. That is the same injury that forced Hill to have surgery in October and miss the first 19 games of the season.

He will accompany the team on a four-game West Coast trip that begins Tuesday in Los Angeles, but his status is day-to-day.

"I want to say that I feel great, I really do, but honestly, I don't know when I'll be ready to play," Hill said. "I hope I'll feel good enough to go (Tuesday), but we'll have to wait and see how it feels then."

The Magic didn't need him against the Bobcats, who have some severe injury problems of their own. Charlotte played with three guards on the floor most of the game because of injuries to four of their big men, including Emeka Okafor and Jake Voskuhl.

Howard and Tony Battie combined to hit 15 of 19 shots against the undersized Bobcats. Battie had 16 points and 12 rebounds, both season highs, while Howard posted his 23rd double-double this season.

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