The Hornets beat the Magic 106-99 for their seventh win in eight matches
Orlando, Florida. Terry Roosier scored 27 points and Kelly Ober Jr. came off the bench with 21 points and six rebounds Wednesday night to help the Charlotte Hornets beat the blows in a 106-99 win over the Orlando Magic.
Lamelo Ball scored 22 points for the Hornets, who won for the seventh time in eight matches.
The Hornets only fired 42% and played from behind for most of the game until the bench began a 15-0 lead near the end of the third quarter.
“The identity of the winning team is to find different ways to win every night,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “It was a different script tonight, and different guys came up for us.”
Oubre and Cody Martin were the key players in the decisive round.
Mo Bamba scored 18 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando. Rookie Galen Suggs scored 17 points and six assists in Mike’s fourth consecutive loss. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Rozier, coming from a 32-point game in Washington on Monday night where he shot 8 of 11 from a 3-point range, only hit 3 of 11 from behind the arc in this one. The Hornets, who entered the game as the NBA’s second-highest three-pointer, scored just 12 of 41 (29%).
The Hornets backed off while missing 12 of their first 13 shots, but rallied behind Paul, Rosier and Uber to lead 52-49 in the first half.
Orlando regained its seven-point lead before Uber and Martin scored 15 consecutive points, putting the Hornets back in charge to hold. Martin halted Bamba’s 3-point attempt and prepared Oubre to submerge, then completed Charlotte’s spurt with a jab to lead 82-74.
“We brought in a lot of energy. We wanted to get the stopping points,” Uber said of the Hornets’ seat, who had 22 rebounds and six blocks. “Defense is my bread and butter. I came into the league as a defensive player, and when I turn defense into attack, I think everything opens up for me.”
Magic, who shot 41% overall, went goalless for more than four minutes before Franz Wagner beat the third-quarter bell with a pointer of 3.
Martin contributed five rebounds, six assists, two steals and two in 28 minutes.
“Every time there is an impact on winning,” Borrego said. “It’s a big part of what we’re trying to do here.”
Magic coach Jamal Mosley received some solace in the play Suggs.
But Suggs didn’t like the look of the Magic’s defense in the second half of his 18th game in the NBA.
“Men come here against us and they feel very comfortable,” he said. “I think they were able to run free, go down the lane without resistance and things like that. I think we showed great things tonight, but we also have things to work on.”
Hornets: F PJ Washington played six minutes without a goal after missing 10 games with an overextended left elbow. …. Hornets 57-55 all-time against Orlando.
Magic: Orlando’s top scorer J. Cole Anthony missed his third game with an ankle injury and is unlikely to play Friday night. … The Magic (4-15) has won at home this season and twice at Madison Square Garden in New York. . . . GG Gary Harris got his third start after missing a match due to a sprain in his right hand. …F Terrence Ross was a late scratcher with back spasms.
The ball had the most obvious foul in the game, inflicting an easy result by turning a corner kick into a missed foul in the second quarter, then instantly picking up his third foul and sitting on the bench. “Obviously this play, we’re going to talk about,” said Borrego. “He knows it, owns it and we’ll move on. …just another opportunity to grow for him.”
Hornets: Play at home against Minnesota on Friday night.
Magic: Play at home against Chicago on Friday night.
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