ORLANDO, Fla. – Tony Battie had 21 points, Mickael Pietrus scored 19, and the Orlando Magic tuned up for the playoffs with a 98-73 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds in limited minutes to help Orlando snap its season-longest three-game losing streak without starting forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis. The third-seeded Magic will face either Philadelphia or Chicago this weekend in the first round of the playoffs.

The only bright note to the end of another losing season for the Bobcats (35-47) is that they finished with the best record in franchise history – two wins better than the 2006-07 team. Charlotte lost its final four games, all on the road, and seven of its last eight.


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