Soaring Hornets Higher Falling Magic

Soaring Hornets Higher Falling Magic

Terry Rosier scored 27 points and Kelly Ober Jr contributed 21 points off the bench on Wednesday as the Charlotte Hornets scored their seventh win in eight games by defeating the Orlando Magic 106-99.

Charlotte trailed 74-67 in the third quarter, but Uber Jr. scored seven points to highlight the Hornets 15-0. Cody Martin’s dipping gave the Hornets an 82-74 lead with 20.1 seconds left, but Moritz Wagner hit a triple pointer to pull the magic at 82-77 entering the fourth quarter.

The Hornets opened fourth with a 14-7 lead as the ball sank a long-pointer Lamelo 3-pointer from the top of the key against the Orlando area. He then helped the ball overwhelm Galen McDaniels with one hand in the transition with 4:43 left to lead 96-84.

Ball scored nine points out of 22 in the fourth quarter, including floating in the lane with less than a minute left and the shot clock ticking. He finished the match with four three-pointers, four rebounds and four assists.

Rozier’s performance also included six steals and five assists.

Miles Bridges contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists, as Charlotte improved 2-0 this season against her Southeast Division rival. PJ Washington is back in Charlotte’s squad after missing the previous 10 games due to excessive left elbow extension and has one rebound and hasn’t earned any points in six minutes.

Orlando, who made her debut in her new Nike NBA City Edition outfit, lost her fourth consecutive game and fell for the seventh time in eight games. The Magic also saw his home record drop to 1-7.

Mo Bamba scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Orlando’s six scorers advanced with double figures. Galen Suggs followed him with 17 points, and Franz Wagner added 16 points for the Magic, who shot 15 against 42 (35.7 percent) from a range of 3 points.

Wendell Carter Jr. (14 points, 11 rebounds) scored his first double since November 7. Gary Harris added 13 points for Orlando, while Moritz Wagner signed three points and 13 points from the bench.

The Magic played their third game in a row without top scorer Cole Anthony, who remained off the field with a right ankle sprain, while Harris (hand) returned to the squad after sitting out against Milwaukee on Monday. One of the bench players, Terence Ross, did not play in Orlando on Wednesday due to back spasms.

–Field Media Level

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