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
"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
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.
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.
"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.