NBA preseason: Magic 121, Hornets 86

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

The outcome of tonight’s exhibition game in Wichita, Kans., was reminiscent of Magic-Hornets on Christmas Day 2008, one of the low points of last season for New Orleans. Like they did roughly 10 months ago, the Magic drained a barrage of three-pointers against the Hornets (1-3), going a sparkling 19-for-30 from beyond the arc. Orlando broke it open early with a 28-6 run in the first quarter and built a 28-point lead through three periods.

Five New Orleans players reached double figures in scoring, including Marcus Thornton’s 10 points in just eight minutes off the bench. Thornton went 2-for-3 on three-pointers.

“I thought we played hard but not as hard as we can play,” New Orleans coach Byron Scott said. “(Orlando) got a lot of transition baskets. I don’t see our guys playing with that sense of urgency.”

“Orlando showed that they’re one of the better teams in this league,” said David West, who paced the Hornets with 14 points. “They’re very deep, and they’re confident in what they do. I thought we came out OK, but it was like a war of attrition.”