Charlotte Hornets

Batum, Hornets Blow Past Magic

By Sam Perley, hornets.com

Result

A relatively close game at halftime quickly turned into a blowout for the Charlotte Hornets as they rode a huge third quarter on their way to a dominating 120-101 win over the Magic on Wednesday, Dec. 28 in Orlando. After crumbling two nights earlier in the second half of a tough road loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Hornets kept their foot on the gas by allowing just 13 third-quarter points to the Magic, their fewest conceded in any frame this season. This was also Charlotte’s fifth-straight win over the Magic and fourth victory in its last five road games in Orlando.

Turning Point

Leading by seven points at halftime, the Hornets opened the third quarter on a 30-6 run to take a commanding 92-61 lead over the hometown Magic with 2:50 remaining in the frame. Charlotte went on to outscore Orlando in the third, 35-13, while connecting on 14-of-20 field-goal attempts (70.0 percent) and holding the Magic to just 5-of-22 shooting (22.7 percent). In the end, the 29-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter was too much for the Magic to overcome as the Hornets cruised to their fourth victory in five games.

Hornets Player of the Game

Another spectacular outing for Nicolas Batum culminated in 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and game-high totals in both rebounding (9) and assists (8) in the victory. Batum has now scored 20-or-more points in six of his last seven games after doing so just twice in his first 24 appearances this season.

Magic Player of the Game

Nikola Vucevic scored a game-high-tying 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four assists and a game-high three steals in 27 minutes off the bench in the loss. This is the sixth 20-point performance of the season for the Montenegrin and third in his last seven outings.

Game Notes

Kemba Walker finished with a game-high-tying 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, three rebounds and five assists in just 25 minutes of play… Jeremy Lamb tallied 14 points and four rebounds… Ramon Sessions added 13 points and three rebounds off the bench… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tossed in 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals…Cody Zeller chipped in 10 points and five rebounds while also playing the second half with a dislocated right ring finger… Charlotte shot a season-best 54.8 percent from the field (46-of-84)… The Hornets were also nearly perfect from the free-throw line, draining 18-of-19 attempts (season-high 94.7 percent)… Charlotte outscored Orlando in second-chance points, 14-4… Marco Belinelli missed his second-straight game for Charlotte (sprained left ankle).

Quote of the Night

“We maintained a full 48 minutes. We didn’t play in spurts too much. Offensively, we were really good. We moved the ball. We made the extra pass and we made shots. That was important.” – Kemba Walker

Quote of the Night


“We maintained a full 48 minutes. We didn’t play in spurts too much. Offensively, we were really good. We moved the ball. We made the extra pass and we made shots. That was important.” – Kemba Walker

Next Up

The Hornets take on the Heat starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29 in Charlotte. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.


next up

Thursday Dec 29 – 7:00 pmSpectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

Fox Sports Southeast – Charlotte Hornets App & WFNZ 610 AM

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