ORLANDO, Fla. – Dwight Howard posted his second 20-20 game this season with 24 points and 21 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic ran away from the Charlotte Bobcats 97-83 Saturday night.

Darko Milicic had 14 points and eight rebounds and Grant Hill added 15 points as Orlando won its fourth straight game.

Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, taken one spot behind Howard with the No. 2 pick in the 2004 NBA draft, hit 13 of 15 shots from the field for 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but received very little support. Scott May had 12 points for the Bobcats and rookie Adam Morrison 10, but Morrison was held scoreless in the second half.

Howard and the Magic controlled the game almost from the outset. Orlando led by 10 nine minutes into the game when Hill finished a fast break off a pass from Jameer Nelson to make it 20-10. That was a sign of things to come as Orlando scored 14 points off the break and another 15 on second-chance opportunities in taking a 57-43 halftime advantage.

AP-ES-11-18-06 2130EST



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