Magic vs. Hornets – Game Recap – January 14, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Moritz Wagner scored a season-high 26 points, his younger brother Franz added 19 points and seven assists, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-109 on Friday night to ending a 10-game losing streak.

Gary Harris added 18 points for the Magic (8-35), which hadn’t won since before Christmas.

Orlando also got a big boost from the bench of rookie Jalen Suggs, who scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and had seven assists and six rebounds in his first game since fracturing his leg. inch on November 29. in the NBA Draft was a bit rusty at times, committing six turnovers in 22½ minutes.

“It feels good for these guys to be able to celebrate all the work we’ve done,” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said. “…They’ve done a great job of staying the course and continuing to fight for each other.”

LaMelo Ball had 23 points and eight assists for the Hornets (23-20), who shot 12 of 42 from 3-point range. Miles Bridges added 20 points and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a chippy game.

Despite the 10-game slippage, the Magic had been competitive with eight of those losses by 10 points or less.

They finally finished one.

Orlando trailed by three early in the fourth quarter, but capitalized on a cold-firing Hornets team to open the quarter on a 15-2 run. The Magic extended the lead to 13 with 2 minutes left, punctuated by Moritz Wagner’s dunk – and celebratory flex – on a wire from Cole Anthony.

“At some point you get impatient and you want everything to go on and be a win,” Moritz Wagner said. “At a certain point in the game we said let’s play to win and get one.”

The Hornets entered the game on a five-game winning streak that included two wins over defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and one over the Philadelphia 76ers. But Charlotte went cold in the fourth quarter and the Magic quickly took the lead behind Moritz Wagner, who finished 11 of 17 from the field with four 3-pointers.

Franz Wagner brought intensity throughout the game and the Magic edged the Hornets by 24 points when he was on the floor. He finished 8 of 11 from the field and added six rebounds and two blocked shots.

He said bringing Suggs back was paying immediate dividends.

“Forget what he does on offense, the most important thing is the energy he brings to the ground,” Franz Wagner said of second-team All-American Gonzaga.

Mosley added: “There is a level of toughness that has to be brought to him. The competitive edge it continues to show. … . He just keeps fighting and competing at a high level and then shows some poise at different times.

Orlando’s reserves outshot Charlotte’s backups 55-19.

It was a bad loss for the Hornets, who had beaten the Magic twice this season in Orlando by a combined 16 points.

“Yeah, a disappointing loss,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “They played harder. They were the more aggressive team. They acted like we did in the last two games, so thanks to them. We have a way to go.

BALLOON SHOW

Ball came up with two stunning plays on back-to-back possessions for the Hornets that knocked fans out of their seats.

First, he rocked Anthony by faking a drive to the basket before backing up and creating over 5 feet of space, more than enough to knock down a 3-pointer. Then he came with a steal at the other end of the field, ran the length of the floor and went between his legs with the ball while in the air before throwing a perfect lane pass to Bridges, which ended with a resounding dunk.

ADVICE

Magic: Mo Bamba (sprained right toe) and Wendell Carter Jr. (hamstring) did not play.

Hornets: Kelly Oubre Jr. remained within health and safety protocols. … Terry Rozier had 19 points, but shot just 4 of 15 from 3-point range.

FOLLOWING

Magic: In Dallas on Saturday night.

Hornets: In New York on Monday.

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