It was so bad.
This game started much like the contest in Indiana. The Hornets missed shot after shot while letting the Magic get too many easy looks in the paint. Evan Fournier scored seven early points to push the Magic to an early lead. The Hornets trailed 33-18 after one. To that point, they were 6/24 from the field and hadn’t made a single 3-pointer.
The second quarter somehow got worse. The Hornets made three of 14 shots and zero of six 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the quarter. The Magic capitalized and built their lead to 50-25. By halftime, it was 71-36. The Hornets made none of their 16 first half 3-pointers and shot 26.4% from the field.
The Hornets started the third quarter with a little spurt, cutting the deficit down to 30. Unfortunately they couldn’t push any closer than that. They managed to score 31 points in the quarter, but it wasn’t nearly enough to pull the Hornets within reach. They trailed by 31 heading into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was garbage time. No need to go into more detail than that. The Hornets finished the game shooting 35.1% from the field and 13.3% from three. Yes. 13.3%. They made four out of 30 3-pointers.
It was a truly embarrassing performance to cap off an embarrassing week of play for the Hornets heading into the All Star break. They shot a combined 64/184 (34.8%) from the field and 11/70 (15.7%) from three. On the bright side, the Hornets will have eight days before their next game. Sometimes the best thing for your confidence is to take some time off so you forget how bad you are.