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Bobcats hold off Magic, get back to .500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Al Jefferson had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Orlando Magic 91-80 on Friday night.

Kemba Walker added 13 points and 10 assists, Anthony Tolliver scored 13 points and Gary Neal 12 for the Bobcats, who at 38-38 are back at .500 for the first time since Nov. 23, when they were 7-7.

Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and three others finished in double figures for the Magic, who shot just 35.6 percent from the field and made 3 of 11 3-pointers.

Despite that, Orlando managed to cut a 21-point Charlotte lead to 76-69 on Oladipo’s 3-pointer with 8:58 left in the fourth quarter. But Neal’s three-point play 26 seconds later pushed the Bobcats’ lead back into double figures.

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