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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Vince Carter finished with 19 points, Dwight Howard scored 15 and the Orlando Magic took a 2-0 series lead with a 92-77 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.


The Magic's star duo was less than stellar, but took over when it counted most. They combined for 21 second-half points to help Orlando build a 20-point lead and hold on late.

Stephen Jackson showed no effects from his hyperextended left knee to score 27 points, and Gerald Wallace had 15 points for the Bobcats. But their 21 turnovers are a big reason why they're heading home still searching for the franchise's first playoff win.

DALLAS (AP) -- Richard Jefferson rebounded from a miserable performance in the opener to score 19 points, helping the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks and tie their first-round series at one game apiece.

Jefferson responded just how coach Gregg Popovich was hoping when he said "we had a lot of guys that played like dogs" in the opener. Jefferson matched his Game 1 points in the opening minutes and had 17 by halftime, several coming during a 12-1 surge that broke it open for good.

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki went from hardly missing in Game 1 to hardly making. He missed six of his first seven shots, and even missed a free throw after having made 88 in a row. He finished with 24 points, down from 36 in the opener.

Wednesday, April 21

Orlando 92, Charlotte 77, Orlando leads series 2-0

San Antonio 102, Dallas 88, series tied 1-1

Thursday, April 22

Cleveland at Chicago, 6 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.

Friday, April 23

Boston at Miami, 6 p.m.

Dallas at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Denver at Utah, 9:30 p.m.

Pioneer staff reports