ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando Magic lost to the Charlotte Hornets 112-105 at the Amway Center on Monday. The loss ended a winning streak over some impressive teams for Orlando, and role an eight game losing streak for the Hornets.
The energy just wants there for the Magic, while the Hornets came ready to play. The Magic never had a lead in the game.
They key to the game was what has been a problem for the Magic all season: turnovers.
Orlando committed 22 turnovers that led to 21 Hornets points.
” The turnovers was the game.” said Magic Head Coach Jamahl Mosley “Turning the basketball over, losing possessions and then giving up wide open layups.”
“You know, you have to give Charlotte a ton of credit. They played like a team that lost eight straight. They hey knew that we beat them the lat time in this building, and they played that way. Their intensity to go after the basketball. That’s the way they played.”
“Our bench came in and played with fire and intensity. You’ve got to give them a ton of credit for being ready when their number was called.”
Franz Wagner lead the Magic with 23 points, while Wendell Carter Jr dropped 20 points. Jalen Suggs all but disappeared on Monday night, shooting 1 of 10 for two points, but he did have seven assists, acting as a distributor.
Charlotte Wass in fire. With the Return of LaMello Ball, the team has been working to get their season back on rack. Ball and Terry Rosier both scored 17 portions for the Hornets, who’s starting five all scored in double digits. Mason Plumlee led the Hornets with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
It had become a regularity in Orlando to play with a multitude of players missing due to injury. Monday night was no different. first round pick Paolo Bencher was not available due to a sprained ankle suffered about a week ago. Also, point guards Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony and Gary Harris were absent due to various injuries.
Orlando has a couple of days to get it together, as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday aback at the Maya Center.