Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Thursday, October 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 2nd
Game 3: Wednesday, December 3rd
Game 4: Saturday, January 17th

Magic 91

(1-17, 1-7 away)

Hornets 106

(13-6, 7-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 28 26 14 2391
    NO 26 31 19 30106

    Top Performers

    Orlando: T. McGrady 29 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Orleans: B. Davis 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Hornets finish it with 14-2 run

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Nobody has lost to Orlando since the Magic's first game of the season, and the New Orleans Hornets had a long talk about not becoming the next.

    Thanks to Baron Davis, they didn't.

    Davis had 27 points and 12 assists as the Hornets sent the Magic to a franchise record-tying 17th straight loss, 106-91 on Wednesday night.

    "It's tough," Davis said, "because they want that victory and they played their hearts out. They battled and battled until we forced a couple turnovers and made a nice run."

    Tracy McGrady scored 29 for the Magic, who trailed 92-89 before the Hornets finished with a 14-2 run over the final three minutes.

    "When you have a team that's lost 17 or 18 in a row, they've got to win one somewhere. You don't want it to be you," David Wesley said.

    McGrady said the Magic, who play next at home against defending champion San Antonio, need to forget about the losing streak.

    "I'm not really worried about the streak. I'm just trying to get these guys to play 48 minutes solid," he said. "I'm just trying to carry this load and it's a tough task right now. ... My team shouldn't care about that streak. We've got to get to where we're playing solid basketball and playing together. We're young, there are new faces around here and we're still trying to establish our identity that we haven't found yet."

    While the Magic held Davis to 11-of-29 shooting, the Hornets' star did ample damage on the drive and fast break.

    Davis had several soaring dunks, finished layups as he was fouled and put in floaters and scoop shots. His assists included a behind-the-back pass and a one-touch, no-look, bounce pass between his legs on a fast break to set up a jumper by Darrell Armstrong.

    His fake on one drive in the third quarter caused DeClercq to fall on his back as Davis went in for a clean layup. DeClercq could only laugh as he picked himself up.

    The Hornets veered from their normal pattern of shooting more than 20 3-pointers a game, instead looking for points inside, often off Davis' drives.

    Hornets center Jamaal Magloire scored 20 points and 14 rebounds, while forward P.J. Brown had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Hornets, who defeated the Magic 100-91 in Orlando a night earlier, once again dominated inside with a 58-28 scoring advantage in the paint.

    "I think a lot of it had to do with penetration by the guards," said Magloire, the Hornets' center. "They were able to break the defense down and give me an angle to the basket. The guards made the shots very easy for me."

    Wesley had 13 points as all five Hornets starters scored in double figures. Armstrong came off the bench to score 14.

    George Lynch scored 10, including a 3-pointer that put the Hornets ahead 99-89 with 1:15 left.

    New Orleans scored 24 on fast breaks, compared to nine for Orlando, which is trying to implement a running style under new head coach Johnny Davis and newly hired assistant Paul Westhead.

    Tyronn Lue scored 20 for Orlando, hitting four of six 3-pointers, and Andrew DeClercq added 14. Drew Gooden had 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

    "To our players' credit, they fought hard and fought back ... but they have to make smarter plays down the stretch," Johnny Davis said. "Our effort was there, but that's a moral victory and we're looking for a tangible victory." ^Notes:@ Wesley has scored in double figures in all 19 games this season and is averaging 17.2 points, second on the team. ... The Magic are still well short of the NBA record for consecutive losses in one season. The Vancouver Grizzlies lost 23 in a row in 1995-96 and the Denver Nuggets tied that mark in 1997-98. ... The game was delayed 17 minutes before the start of the fourth quarter after a fan had an apparent heart attack. He was wheeled out of the arena unconscious and taken to the city's Charity Hospital. His name and condition were not immediately available.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 106
    FGM-FGA 39-92 (.424) 40-89 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 4-12 (.333) 22-30 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-50 15-47
    Assists 27 28
    Turnovers 19 10
    Steals 4 13
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 4 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/0) 15 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 29
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 27
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 1