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Hornets Blow 17-Point Lead, Lose to Magic
The Hornets lost an ugly one Monday night, conceding 69 second-half points to the Orlando Magic after allowing only 36 in the first. The bees blew a 17-point lead in the process. New Orleans showed a startling lack of composure and execution down the stretch, allowing a worse team to win a game that was ours for the taking. Orlando’s 105-102 victory drops us to 21-40 for the season.
The last four minutes of this game were just brutal to watch. While Greivis Vasquez and Eric Gordon were insisting on taking long contested jumpers, the Magic were getting layups. One doesn’t expect guys like Arron Afflalo, Moe Harkless and Tobias Harris to carve up our defense, but that’s precisely what happened. Orlando had extended stretches where we never forced them to take a difficult shot. That’d be unacceptable even if the Magic were a half-decent team.
Anthony Davis played more than 38 minutes for the first time in over two months, and responded with a tidy 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez matched his 17 points, though it took them 17 and 14 shots, respectively, to get there. The rest of the team’s performance was forgettable. Ryan Anderson was hampered by foul trouble, and the Hornets were outscored by a whopping 26 points with him on the floor. On the positive side, Ryno does appear determined to improve his floor game, and he continues to show flashes of brilliance on occasion.
Another positive: The Hornets are back in the Western Conference cellar, in a dead heat with the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings. Every win from here out means a worse lottery pick. It’s hard to get too upset about miserable losses when next year is the priority.
New Orleans could redeem itself with a win against the resurgent Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night.
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