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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , January 14, 2022
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Hornets look to extend streak against slumping Magic

According to STATS
According to STATS

Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets

  1. Charlotte has won three straight games against the Magic, including both meetings this season, with both games being played in Orlando. Since April 2019, the away team has won six of the last eight meetings between the teams.
  2. Orlando has lost 10 straight games for the first time in nearly seven years, last dropping 10 in a row in January-February 2015. The Magic have only one losing streak of more than 10 games since 2005, dropping 12 in a row in January-February 2013.
  3. Cole Anthony (19 points, 11 rebounds), Franz Wagner (14 points, 10 assists) and Robin Lopez (16 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles against Washington on Wednesday. It marked the first time three Magic players had a double-double in the same game since James Ennis III, Markelle Fultz and Nikola Vucevic did so in the bubble in August 2020.
  4. The Hornets shot 51.7 percent from the field in their win over the 76ers on Wednesday. Charlotte is 12-0 when making at least half of its shots in a game this season, one of three teams with 10 or more such games without losing (Phoenix 13-0, Chicago 12-0).
  5. Gordon Hayward scored 30 points against the 76ers on Wednesday, making all four three-pointers he attempted. It was just the third game in which Hayward was perfect from behind the arc while taking four or more threes, last doing so in December 2015 with Utah.
  6. Charlotte comes into this game ranking third in the NBA with 15.3 fast break points per game, while Orlando is 27th at 9.6. In the first two meetings this season, the Hornets outscored Orlando 31-9 on fast breaks.

It's tough to imagine confidence being higher for the Charlotte Hornets.

They've won four games in a row, with two of those against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks and then Wednesday night's conquering of the Philadelphia 76ers on the road.

"As I told the group, they're choosing this right now," Hornets coach James Borrego said. "This is a choice. They're choosing to play with this effort, to have this mentality, play with this aggression and have this preparation before the game. They deserve credit. They're locked in right now."

Ending Philadelphia's seven-game winning streak pushes Charlotte into Friday night's game against the visiting Orlando Magic at Charlotte, N.C.

The Hornets know the approach they've used recently has paid off. The focus shifts to building more momentum.

"We haven't done anything yet," forward Miles Bridges said. "Our main goal is just to get better every game and make the playoffs. These are three good wins (against Milwaukee twice and Philadelphia), but we still haven't done anything yet. We have to keep going."

It has been the opposite for the Magic, which carries a 10-game losing streak. Half of the defeats during that stretch have come on the road.

Orlando at times has been just a few plays away from making a breakthrough. During the current skid, six of the setbacks have come by six or fewer points.

"I do think we are making some progress," Magic center Robin Lopez said. "We want to win the games. ... We want to be better every game, but we want to be winning games. We've been around that threshold so many times it's a little bit frustrating. That's going to motivate us."

Cole Anthony said the Magic should be winning games soon.

"I don't think anyone is getting too frustrated, at least from what I can see," he said. "We've done a good job of getting in those games. We're playing super hard. I think the more we keep putting ourselves in these situations, we'll end up winning some of these."

Coach Jamahl Mosley said there's a good vibe around the Magic despite the record.

"They enjoy being around each other, they enjoy lifting each other up and encouraging one another -- not just about basketball, but off the court as well, just life," Mosley said. "That goes a long way and that means a lot to us to grow and build in that direction."

The Hornets have already defeated the Magic twice, both times on the road.

Charlotte's Gordon Hayward has scored 30 or more points in three games this season, including in the Philadelphia game. The Hornets have held their opponents to fewer than 100 points in the last two games -- something that hadn't happened in consecutive games this season until now.

Orlando has had four different leading scorers across its last five games. Anthony has held that distinction twice.

The Magic have been dealing with roster adjustments because of injuries to Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr. and Michael Carter-Williams among others. Bamba had a double-double in the most recent matchup with Charlotte.

Lopez has been playing a bigger role because of the injuries. He had a double-double in Wednesday night's loss at Washington.

"I got to do whatever I can to help," Lopez said.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 13, 2022

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