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News » Lewis returns for Magic in win over Bobcats

Lewis returns for Magic in win over Bobcats

Lewis returns for Magic in win over Bobcats

"What I think we'll do now is just highlight different positions every night," he joked. "So tonight it was our power forwards. And then maybe we'll like play three of our point guards together. We've already done the thing the other night where we played all of our wing guys together. And then one night we'll feature our centers.

"Rather than balancing your team, we like to play them in groups."

It took Orlando's missing All-Star some time to regain his form.

Lewis picked up his first basket of the game with 2:25 remaining in the third quarter, a short jumper that started a big Magic push. He added a pair of layups that helped Orlando build a 76-68 lead.

But he wasn't done yet.

After a dunk by Anderson to start the fourth, Lewis hit a 14-foot jumper to give the Magic a 12-point cushion. Charlotte rallied but Vince Carter hit a 3-pointer with 53.1 seconds left to give Orlando a 93-87 lead.

"It was just exciting to get this first game under my belt," Lewis said. "I knew I would be rusty. It's just about going out there and getting through my mistakes."

The Bobcats might need more than Jackson to get out of the Southeast Division cellar.

Charlotte began Monday as the league's lowest-scoring team at 82.4 points per game and is hoping Jackson can spark its slumping offense.

The Bobcats traded shooting guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic to the Warriors for Jackson and guard Acie Law. Jackson hopped a plane from Milwaukee and arrived in Orlando about two hours before tipoff.

"I love him and he gives us flexibility," coach Larry Brown said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win without really having much organization. Now we just need to keep playing hard and together."

NOTES: Carter and Brown, both North Carolina alumni, enjoyed a long hug before tipoff. Carter pointed out his family sitting in the stands to Brown, who waived and smiled back ... The Magic teamed up with the Harris Corp. to donate tickets to military members and their families. It was the fourth year the Magic have held "Seats For Soldiers Night." They even surprised a few family members in the stands by broadcasting telephone calls from loved ones overseas live in the arena, leading to a few tearful conversations.

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Added: November 17, 2009


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