Magic GameNight: Orlando at New Orleans (1/12/10)


GameNight Specifics
NBA Coverage: Game Info
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 12
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, LA)
Radio: AM 580 WDBO, AM 1270 WRLZ
Television: FS Florida



Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
Chris Paul

Marco Belinelli

Emeka Okafor

David West

Trevor Ariza

Jarrett Jack

Marcus Thornton


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held off Orlando 92-89 in overtime on Wednesday night, snapping the Magic's nine-game winning streak.

Marcus Thornton capped a 22-point performance with a crucial jumper and two free throws in the final minute of the extra period as the Hornets took lead for good and won their second straight. Chris Paul had 12 points and 13 assists and David West had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Dwight Howard had 29 points and 20 rebounds, but missed a pair of free throws that could have given Orlando a one-point lead with 11 seconds to go. Jason Richardson added 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers, including a pair in the final minute to help Orlando erase a seven-point deficit in the final minute of regulation and force overtime.

The Magic entered the game averaging 107.7 points per game during their winning streak but were frustrated by the Hornets defense that came in allowing an average of 92.2 points per game.

New Orleans led throughout the second half, going up by as much as 10 points in the third quarter.

The Hornets appeared to have the game in their grasp when Paul's driving floater made it 79-72 with 1:36 left in regulation and Orlando followed with a turnover on a failed alley-oop pass intended for Howard.

Then Richardson started the comeback with his fourth and fifth 3s of the game in the final minute to pull Orlando to 80-78 with 43.3 seconds to go. After Paul missed one of two free throws, Hedo Turkoglu hit an open 3 with 6.9 seconds left and West's 16-foot jumper rimmed out at the buzzer, forcing overtime.

Orlando players came skipping off the bench after West's miss, their wide smiles a sign they were confident the extra period would be all they needed to extend their winning streak to what would have been a franchise-record 10 games.

They nearly did.

Howard dunked a missed shot, then converted a difficult tip-in to put Orlando up 87-84.

The Hornets came back to take an 88-87 lead on Trevor Ariza's layup, but Richardson's fast-break layup gave the Magic another slim lead.

Thornton's jumper put the Hornets up 90-89 with 37 seconds left in overtime and the Magic missed two straight shots, but Howard got the offensive rebound both times and was fouled. The second foul put Howard on the line, but he missed both foul shots with 11.6 seconds to go.

Orlando had one more chance to tie it after Thornton's last free throws, but J.J. Redick capped an uncharacteristically poor 2-for-11 shooting night with a missed 3 and Paul got the rebound, running out the clock.

Ariza finished with 16 points for New Orleans, and Orlando's Ryan Anderson had 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

Orlando hit 12 3s in all, but shot only 39.1 percent and missed five free throws. New Orleans shot nearly 44 percent, outscoring Orlando inside 42-40 and matching Orlando's 50 rebounds.

NOTES: Hornets G Marco Belinelli left early in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle. ... Howard now has 28 double-doubles. ... Orlando is 10-8 on the road. ... The Hornets are 15-5 at home. ... Attendance was announced at 13,688. The figure included actor Jeremy Piven, who is in New Orleans to film the movie "So Undercover" with Miley Cyrus.


NEW ORLEANS – The Orlando Magic had built up so much positive momentum and feel-good vibes during the recent franchise record-tying nine-game win streak that at no point during Wednesday’s game did superstar center Dwight Howard ever think he’d walk out of New Orleans Arena with a loss.

But that’s just what happened when a Magic team that mostly slogged through regulation and craftily scrambled to force overtime couldn’t come up with enough key plays in the extra period.

Orlando’s 92-89 overtime loss to New Orleans left the Magic stunned that a win streak that had spanned since Dec. 21 was finally over. But ultimately the Magic never played at a fast enough pace or got enough production out of players other than Howard to beat the surprising Hornets.

``Even when they had the (nine-point) lead in the fourth quarter I never really thought we’d lose this game because I knew we’d come back,’’ said Howard, who had 29 points, 20 rebounds and two blocked shots. ``We did a good job of getting back into the game, but we couldn’t make enough plays at the end to win it.’’

The Magic (25-13) got a clutch 3-pointer from Hedo Turkoglu with 6.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and keep alive hopes of the first double-digit win streak in franchise history. But the streak ended at nine games, just as it did in 1994 and 2001, when J.J. Redick’s hurried 3-point shot at the end of overtime came up way short.

Jason Richardson had 21 points and five 3-pointers, two of which came in the fourth quarter during the Magic’s furious rally. Ryan Anderson scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers, but those were the only double-digit scorers on a Magic team that has regularly had seven or eight of them during this win streak.

The other numbers were mostly ugly. Brandon Bass missed 10 of 13 shots, Turkoglu misfired on eight of his 10 tries, point guard Jameer Nelson had eight misses in nine tries, while Redick missed nine of his 11 shots. Orlando shot 39.1 percent and had only two fastbreak baskets all game long.

``We didn’t play well enough or hard enough to win,’’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. ``We’ve survived a few games here and gotten wins when we haven’t put together a complete game. We’re in some bad habits right now of not playing all 48 minutes. It bit us and hopefully we’ll learn from it and move on.’’

The Magic don’t have long to recover, playing in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. The Thunder won in Houston Wednesday night.

Here is a look back at what went right, what went wrong and some final observations from Wednesday night’s game in the Crescent City: