Malik Monk scored a career high 26 points and matched his career high with 8 assists, Frank Kaminsky scored 21, and four other Hornets scored in double figures as the Hornets ran the Magic off the floor in their penultimate road game, 137-100.
The Magic came out of the gates featuring Bismack Biyombo on the offensive end. The former Charlotte Bobcat attempted three shots in the games opening minutes, misfiring on all of them. Meanwhile the Hornets got absolutely anything they wanted on the offensive end. Dwight Howard threw down three alley oops in the opening period alone, two from Nicolas Batum and one from Malik Monk. The rookie sliced down the lane for an impressive layup in the final second to set the margin at 43-25 through one quarter of play.
Frank Kaminsky bridged the first and second quarters with a streak of three consecutive 3-pointers, the last of which grew the Hornets lead to 51-27 less than two minutes into the second quarter. Malik Monk added another 3 that built the Hornets lead to 25 less than halfway through the 2nd quarter. The Magic answered with back to back 3-pointers from Mario Hezonja and Marreese Speights, prompting Steve Clifford to take a timeout. Buckets from Monk and Willy Hernangomez helped push the Hornets lead back to 25 within the next couple minutes. Dwight Howard’s dunk with 15 seconds remaining set the halftime margin at 72-49. To that point, Howard led the Hornets with 12 points followed closely by Lamb with 10 and Williams, Walker, Kaminsky, and Monk all with 9. Meanwhile D.J. Augustin AKA the Bobcats/Hornets killer led the way for the Magic with 15 first half points.
The Hornets came out of the gate in the second half with a quick 6-0 spurt. Marvin Williams had one of those dunks he has that remind everyone that he’s still got some bounce in those old-ish legs. The Hornets lead ballooned to 30 after Monk hit his second three of the game, and Kaminsky’s layup on the ensuing possession put the Hornets over the 100 plateau. Monk hit another three on the next possession, and the Hornets went to the 4th quarter nursing a 103-75 lead.
The bench brigade started the 4th quarter with a 15-2 run before a Magic timeout, 8 of those points coming off the hands of the Hornets first round pick. The timeout had little effect, as the Hornets scored 6 of the game’s next 8 points, prompting another timeout. Marcus Paige got into the game and the Magic promptly went on an unrelated 10-0 run to cut the deficit to a manageable 35 points. The game never got closer than that. Julyan Stone threw a grenade to Malik Monk in the waning seconds of the Hornets last possession with the shot clock on, which the rookie calmly laid in. The layup gave Monk his career high 26th point of the evening.