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Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Hornets

Coming off one among their most spectacular performances lately, the Orlando Magic will attempt to experience the momentum to a fourth straight win once they go to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night time.
The Magic accomplished a two-game homestand with one of the crucial eye-catching leads to the NBA this season Friday night time, a 114-87 blowout of the San Antonio Spurs.
Evan Fournier led the way in which with 25 factors, 12 of which approaching Four-for-Four Three-point capturing. However the Magic was practically equally environment friendly inside and outside, recording 58 factors from the perimeter and 56 from contained in the paint towards the perennially stingy Spurs.
“I’m impressed with how we’re taking part in offensively,” Magic coach Frank Vogel gushed after the win. “No person is forcing issues on the rim. No person’s forcing it on the perimeter, and in consequence, we’re getting higher and higher seems to be on every possession. That’s why you’re seeing the offense clicking the way in which it’s clicking.”
Orlando’s Four-1 begin additionally features a 114-93 stunner at Cleveland. The Magic gained simply 29 video games final season.
Saturday’s recreation opens a four-day three-game journey that can proceed by New Orleans and Memphis.
The Magic will encounter an previous pal within the opener of the journey, one who’s taking part in at a really excessive degree today.
Middle Dwight Howard, who performed the primary eight years of his NBA profession in Orlando, is now along with his fifth group.
The primary 5 video games as a Hornet have gone fairly nicely, with Howard averaging 14.Four factors and 17.Four rebounds. He has snatched at the least 15 rebounds in all 5 of his video games, a primary in Charlotte historical past.
Regardless of getting 19 factors and 16 rebounds from Howard, the Hornets are coming off a 109-93 dwelling loss to Houston on Friday. However they're anticipated to get one other productive massive man, Cody Zeller, again from a bruised proper knee on Sunday.
Zeller contributed a complete of 40 factors, 25 rebounds, eight assists and 5 blocked photographs when the Hornets dominated the Magic final season, sweeping the four-game collection by a median of 21.eight factors per recreation.
With out Zeller within the lineup, the Hornets have slipped defensively this season, having allowed 100 or extra factors in three of their 5 video games.
They're Zero-Three when giving up 100 or extra, 2-Zero when limiting the opposition to 99 or fewer.
The issue: The membership has alternated its good and unhealthy defensive performances, with the consequence being alternating losses and wins.
“There are nonetheless too many errors,” Zeller noticed from the bench. “We've proven flashes of issues to return — that we might be one of many higher defensive groups within the league.”
Persevering with the sample, the Hornets tipped off their present three-game homestand with a 110-93 win over Denver. However they adopted that by permitting the Rockets to make 22 Three-pointers in Friday’s loss.
The Magic, in the meantime, have hit practically 50 % of its photographs this season, up from 44 % final yr.
Orlando buried 57.1 % of its makes an attempt, together with 47.eight % of its Three-pointers, in Friday’s win over San Antonio.
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