The Orlando Magic couldn't score on several opportunities in the closing minutes against the New Orleans Hornets, dropping their third straight game in a 97-94 game against a team that had lost 11 straight.
The Magic missed their last ten shot attempts from the field, and didn't register any points in the final 1:34 of the game. They were able to come up with stops defensively, including an E'Twaun Moore block on a Greivis Vasquez shot with less than 30 seconds to go, but the team couldn't control the ball, forcing them to foul. Nikola Vucevic's heave at the buzzer missed, giving the Hornets their sixth win of the year.
Both teams struggled late, with neither team topping 20 points in the fourth quarter. But New Orleans was connecting late, and got the win.
Orlando couldn't stop a pair of players who recorded season highs: Vasquez had his best scoring game as a pro, registering 27 points while dishing out eight assists and grabbing six boards, while Robin Lopez was only one off his career best with 29 points on only ten shots, his best scoring output since the 2009-2010 season. Jameer Nelson had a strong game for the Magic with 28 points and 10 assists, but the scoring wasn't there from his teammates. Ryan Anderson had 15 points on poor shooting for the Hornets in his first game against his old team.