Oklahoma City has shot 50 percent or better its last three games.
"Once you have guys believing in getting better shots, making the extra pass, it’s going to improve,” Brooks said. "Guys also are making more shots. Early in the year, we went through a slump. Hopefully, we’re out of it.”
Led by Dwight Howard’s
first career triple double, Orlando romped to a 102-92 win last month in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score. Orlando, though, is banged up for the rematch. The Magic has been playing without its two starting guards.
, who scored 17 points in the Ford Center, is out a month with a thumb injury. Jameer Nelson
is day-to-day with a strained hip. The Magic, 14-5 overall, 8-3 at home, still has its big three — Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu
and Howard — who average nearly 60 points a game (58.2).
Giving up 11 offensive rebounds was bad enough. It’s what Emeka Okafor
and the Bobcats did with those second chances that was pivotal.
"They scored on just about every one, which is close to 22 points,” Brooks said. "Plus, we didn’t take care of the ball. We have to give ourselves a chance. Good teams take care of the ball.”
BY MIKE BALDWIN