The game tonight was a game of major runs. The Hornets got out to yet another slow start and trailed after the first quarter 30-26. The assault was led by Victor Oladipo who was able to put up 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, and one block in the opening quarter.
It seemed like the Hornets weren't going to be able to hit any shots tonight especially from deep. Charlotte started the game with only one make from the 3-point line. However, that ended when Nicolas Batum hit the team's second three to put the Hornets up 38-37 with a little over six minutes to go in the second.
The Hornets went on an 18-0 run in the second quarter that was fueled by the awesome play of Batum. He outscored the Magic by himself in the second putting up 16 points to the Magic's 13. Some of Batum's best play in the quarter came when he backed down fellow countryman Evan Fournier. Batum relished the opportunity to go head-to-head with another Frenchman as he mentioned in his halftime interview.
The Hornets took a 61-43 lead into the half.
The Hornets extended their lead in the third quarter behind some great play by Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller. Williams hit his fourth and final 3-pointer to extend the lead to 21 points.
Moments later Zeller had a strong move to the hoop for his 4th double-double of the year.
The Hornets would take a 21-point lead into the 4th quarter; however, the Magic weren't ready to wave the white flag. The Magic cut the lead to as little as six points with 3:44 left to go in the game. The Hornets regrouped and closed out the Magic at a final score of 107-99. Charlotte was lead in scoring by Batum and Williams who both scored 26 points.
With this win the Hornets now have to head back out on the road after a very successful homestand. However, despite their solid play of basketball they still fell in the standings. Their upcoming game against the Miami Heat is crucial in making a dent in those standings.