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Magic continue road trip at Charlotte

Mar 6, 2012 - 3:58 PM (Sports Network) - Another favorable matchup is on tap tonight for the Orlando Magic, who will continue a three-game road trip against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Magic have dominated the Bobcats lately and already beat them twice this season. Orlando has won six straight and 17 of the past 20 meetings with Charlotte, which has dropped seven in a row at home to the Southeast Division- rival Magic. Orlando and Charlotte will close out the 2011-12 season series April 25 in central Florida.

Orlando opened its road swing with last night's 92-88 victory at Toronto and received 36 points and 13 rebounds from All-Star Dwight Howard. Howard could have had more points after going just 4-of-14 from the foul line. Ryan Anderson buried only 1-of-5 three-pointers, but finished with 19 points and 13 boards for the Magic, who have won two straight and nine of 12 games.

J.J. Redick buried a big three-pointer and two free throws down the stretch, finishing with 13 points off the bench.

"Our perimeter guys all shot the ball very, very poorly tonight, so trying to decide who you're going to have down there as the last man wasn't an easy call," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told the team's website. "(Redick) knocked in a big one right there."

Magic forward Quentin Richardson (strained right Achilles) missed his fourth straight game and will most likely not play tonight. Van Gundy complained of chest pains after the game and was examined by Toronto doctors.

The Magic are 12-7 away from home this season and will close out the trek Thursday against the Chicago Bulls. Orlando is four games behind Miami for the Southeast lead.

Charlotte will continue a four-game homestand Tuesday and has lost eight in a row as the host. It opened the residency with Sunday's 104-101 setback to New Jersey, as Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams poured in a career-high 57 points. Williams made 16-of-29 shots, went 21-of-21 from the free-throw line and added seven assists and six rebounds.

"We did all we could to try and slow him down, but he just had it going on tonight," Bobcats head coach Paul Silas said about Williams.

Corey Maggette scored a season-best 24 points to pace the Bobcats, who have lost five in a row overall and own the league's worst record at 4-31. The Bobcats fell to 2-13 at home. Gerald Henderson scored 15 points and rookie Kemba Walker netted 14 in a losing cause.

Maggette has scored in double digits 10 straight times, averaging 16.9 points over that stretch, while Henderson has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 12 games played, including three games of 20 points or more. He is averaging 15.8 points on .478 shooting over that time. Walker has scored in double figures in nine of his last 12 games, posting 14.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds during the run.

The Bobcats will also host the Jazz and Nets again on the residency.