CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jameer Nelson had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Orlando snapped a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 victory over Charlotte.
The game featured a matchup of former Indiana Hoosiers with Cody Zeller taking on Victor Oladipo and both contributed.
Zeller finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and six rebounds for the Bobcats, while Oladipo had 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting with four rebounds for the Magic.
Its always fun playing against Victor and we seem to bring out the best in each other, Zeller said.
Glen Davis added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Arron Afflalo had 16 points.
We needed this one, Davis said. We needed it bad. We are a good team. We just all got to be healthy, you know what I mean?
Nelson came up with a big 3-pointer late for the Magic, and also had seven rebounds and six assists while outplaying opposing point guard Kemba Walker. The Bobcats shot 37 percent to end their two-game win streak.
Al Jefferson led Charlotte with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Walker was held to 10 points on 4-of-18 shooting.
The Magic led by four with just over a minute remaining in the game when Nelson knocked down a 26-footer from the top of the key to push the lead to 86-79.
KNICKS 83, BULLS 78: In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds for New York, which blew a 23-point lead.
Amare Stoudemire made the tiebreaking jumper with 2:35 left and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks.
Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 20 points for Chicago.
CLIPPERS 96, CELTICS 88: In Boston, Jamal Crawford hit a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to help Los Angeles pull away in the last 3 minutes to help former Celtics coach Doc Rivers win his first game back in Boston.
Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points and Chris Paul had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Blake Griffin scored 18 points for the Clippers.
TIMBERWOLVES 106, 76ERS 99: In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which rallied from a 19-point deficit.
Ricky Rubio had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Robbie Hummel hit a couple of big shots for the Wolves in the fourth quarter to key the comeback.
SPURS 109, BUCKS 77: In Milwaukee, Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing just 24 minutes and Tony Parker added 15 points for San Antonio.
Rookie guard Nate Wolters led the Bucks with a season-high 18 points.
THUNDER 116, GRIZZLIES 100: In Memphis, Tenn., Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 18 to lead Oklahoma City. Mike Conley had 20 points for the Grizzlies and Zach Randolph and reserve Jon Leuer each scored 17.
PELICANS 111, PISTONS 106, OT: In New Orleans, Ryan Anderson shook off an unusually poor shooting night from long range, hitting two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried .New Orleans.
New Orleans native Greg Monroe had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit.