Recap: Hornets defeat Magic 97-94
For the third game in a row, the Orlando Magic were unable to put a W in the win column. The Magic fell to Ryan Anderson and the New Orleans Hornets by a score of 97-94. Before tonight’s game, the Hornets had lost 11 straight games.
For the Magic, the story of the night came down to their inability to get a stop when it mattered. After crawling back from a 10 point 3rd quarter deficit, the Magic eventually retook the lead, 92-91, with 3:44 remaining. Their final lead would come at 94-93 with with 1:34 remaining on two J.J. Redick free throws.
Two missed shots each for Arron Afflalo and Nik Vucevic (including a desperation 3-pointer) would be all the Magic would be able to muster in the final minutes. Greivis Vasquez sealed it for New Orleans with 4 straight points as he ended the night with a career high 27 points. For Orlando, they just couldn’t get a stop when it mattered.
“It was not our normal defensive effort tonight” – Jacque Vaughn
— MagicBBallOnline (@MagicBasketball) December 27, 2012
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It’s a shame they couldn’t get those stops because Magic fans saw a near career night from Jameer Nelson. Jameer finished with 28 points and 10 assists, his highest scoring game since 2009. When asked after the game if he came out with a different mindset Jameer shook off the question, “Naw I take what the defense gives me, it doesn’t matter how many points I score, I’m trying to win.”
“I don’t know what it was. I don’t think we played hard enough defensively… overall. Not on any one guy, it’s all of us out there together. We just have to do things harder and be tougher out there.” – Jameer Nelson
Nik Vucevic had 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Magic and Arron Afflalo had 14.
For Ryan Anderson in his first return to the Amway Center, he finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds. At one point Jacque Vaughn even went to a 4-guard lineup of Nelson/Moore/Redick/Afflalo in order to keep Anderson from getting free behind the 3 point line. Overall, the Magic did a good job of shutting him down.
Unfortunately, they didn’t do the same with Robin Lopez (season high 29 points) and Greivis Vasquez.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) December 27, 2012
The Magic play next on Friday in Washington against the Wizards. Tip is set for 7pm.