ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic's attitude is sinking to
the level of their won-loss record.
"It's getting to the point where we're going into games feeling
like we're going to lose," Tracy McGrady said after the team's
16th straight defeat, 100-91 to the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday
"That's a bad feeling to have, so frustrating," McGrady said.
"The only thing that's going to change us out of this is a win."
Coach Johnny Davis also sees the defeatism that's overcome his
squad, especially in tough stretches.
"I'd like for us to really show a lot more fight in those
moments," said Davis, winless in six games since taking over for
the fired Doc Rivers.
The teams play again in New Orleans on Wednesday night, and
another Magic loss will match the franchise record for futility.
Orlando lost 17 straight in 1991-92, then drafted Shaquille O'Neal
in the summer.
"I absolutely empathize with the situation," said Hornets
coach Tim Floyd, who had a 49-190 record in two-plus seasons
coaching the Chicago Bulls from 1999-2001.
Baron Davis had 21 points and 11 assists to lead three New
Orleans players with double-doubles. Rookie David West had
season-bests of 14 points and 11 rebounds and P.J. Brown added 13
points and 13 rebounds.
Darrell Armstrong had 10 points. Hours earlier, a judge
dismissed battery and resisting arrest charges against Armstrong,
who was on trial for allegedly striking an Orlando police officer.
"I just want to get back to basketball," Armstrong said. "I
don't have to worry about that anymore."
The Hornets, mired in a shooting slump, reached 100 points for
the first time in eight games. In the paint, they outscored Orlando
52-24 despite being outrebounded 58-50.
Drew Gooden came off the bench for 11 points and a season-high
New Orleans started the Magic on their losing skid with a close
win on Oct. 30. More than four weeks later, the Hornets had to
break out of their shooting woes to make sure they didn't help end
New Orleans began slowly, shooting 1-for-10. By the time the
Hornets made their second shot, they trailed by 10 points.
Orlando didn't allow New Orleans many chances to shoot their way
out of the slump, controlling the boards from the start. The Magic
held a 17-6 rebounding advantage in pushing the lead to 15 points.
"We knew that a lot of shots we missed were easy shots," said
Davis, 1-for-7 in the first quarter. "A lot of those shots, I
But New Orleans steadied itself by turning up the defensive
pressure in the second quarter, racking up five steals and drawing
three offensive fouls. Orlando is a good ballhandling squad, but
its 10 turnovers were a season worst for a period.
West's dunk with 2:25 before the break gave the Hornets their
first lead, and New Orleans held a 48-46 halftime advantage.
"We're capable of getting steals in bunches, points in bunches
and hitting a lot of 3s," said David Wesley, who had 17 points and
three steals. He shot only 5-for-15, but was 4-for-7 on
Including the preseason and last year's playoffs, the Magic
have lost 24 of their last 26 games -- including 15 straight at
home. ... This was the first game for Orlando's newest assistant
coach, Paul Westhead. He was hired last Friday. ... West and
Orlando's Tyronn Lue were hit with double technicals for scuffling
during a second-quarter pileup.
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