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Charlotte Hornets  at  Orlando Magic
February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET

Magic Host Hornets at Amway Center

By Martin Springall

The visiting Charlotte Hornets take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on Wednesday. The Hornets (23-33) have dropped four straight contests, their latest a 123-103 thumping at the hands of the visiting Toronto Raptors. Kemba Walker once again led Charlotte offensively, delivering 23 points and nine assists to come just short of a double-double in a game that saw him shoot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Dwight Howard did manage to log a double-double, his 35th of the Hornets' 2017-18 campaign, on the back of a 17-point, 13-rebound outing. Howard ranks fourth in the league in rebounding, with 12.6 per match-up. Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller put up 10 points apiece in a reserve capacity, Kaminsky adding a pair of triples and Zeller hauling in eight boards, while Jeremy Lamb contributed 13 points. It has been a rocky first half of the season for Charlotte, as they enter the All-Star break mired in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The team will have a week to recharge before hosting the Brooklyn Nets next Thursday. Monday night saw the Magic (18-38) lose their second game in a row, as they fell to the Chicago Bulls on the road, 105-101. Mario Hezonja buoyed the Magic on the back of a team-best 24 points, grabbing six rebounds and four steals while going 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep. Evan Fournier had 22 points and dished out five assists, shooting 3-of-6 from downtown, while Jonathon Simmons logged 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. Simmons, who went undrafted in 2012, tops the NBA in points for an undrafted player, averaging 14 per game. Bismack Biyombo had 10 points in a 5-of-8 night from field goal range for a Magic unit that that sits five games behind their opponents on Wednesday night in the East, resting at 14th place in the Conference.

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:30 PM ET      Updated on February 14, 2018 at 1:30 AM ET

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