Monday, January 17, 2022

Bridges and Hayward lead Hornets past Magic 120-111

Orlando, Florida (NWN) – Miles Bridges scored 31 points, Gordon Hayward added 24, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Orlando Magic 120-111 Wednesday night for a fourth win in five games.

Bridges, with 30 points or more for the third time in four games, hit 3 points with 1:02 to go for the Hornets, whose only defeat of the season came in overtime against Boston on Monday night.

“His confidence in staging plays just stems from him. You can see faith in yourself right now, ”Hornets coach James Borrego said of Bridges, who is averaging 26 points at 53% shooting. “He’s a very confident kid and you can just feel his desire to lead us to victory.”

Cole Anthony led Orlando with 24 points and six assists. Wendell Carter Jr added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who have made eight assists in the fourth quarter behind the leader for most of the game.

Jalen McDaniels stepped off the bench with 16 points for a three-pointer and Charlotte took the lead with 8:18 left. LaMelo Ball quickly followed with another three, and Bridges returned to the court to help the Hornets stay ahead.

“I thought (the fourth quarter rally) showed a lot of maturity,” said center Miles Plumley. “It was a good response to Boston’s game.”

In the final quarter, the Hornets held the Magic with 18 points and one three-pointer.

“I’ve seen one good defensive quarter,” Borrego said. “The fourth quarter is how it should look. To be an elite team, we need to get close to 48 (minutes). “

After Charlotte struck out Orlando’s 12-point lead, Bridges and Hayward averaged 21 points in the second quarter, helping the Hornets lead 64-61 to halftime.

Anthony and Gary Harris took the Magic 85-77 ahead in the third quarter, but Bridges hit back with eight straight points to Charlotte.

The Hornets scored 52% of the game, scored 14 of 30 threes (47%) and had a 40-33 rebound lead, led by 10 Plumley.


Hornets: The Hornets averaged 121.2 points after five games, finishing second in the NBA. … Terry Rosier (sprained left ankle) trained on Wednesday and hopes to play on Friday. … F PJ Washington missed game 2 with a sprained right knee.

Magic: Magic 55-56 all-time against Charlotte, having lost 19 of his last 26 meetings. … Rookie Jalen Suggs, with eight points and five assists, scores 29% after five games (18 out of 63). … Plague Okeke (thigh), J Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) and J’Twaun Moore (knee) have yet to play in the regular season, although none of the injuries are considered long lasting.


Hayward’s first basket came in a three-point attempt that caught the keeper’s attention early in the second quarter. The shot hung on the rim until Carter Orlando touched it. Following the conference, officials Josh Tiven, Scott Wall and Daniel Scott ruled that Carter intervened in the attempt.


Hornets: In Miami Friday night.

Magic: In Toronto on Friday night.


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