Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Orlando Magic looked tired and overwhelmed in the first half against the New Orleans Hornets. The Magic trail 47-34 after one half at New Orleans Arena, as the woeful second half against Boston has appeared to carry-over tonight in the Big Easy.
Dwight Howard, who's been in early foul trouble the past two games, dominated early for Orlando, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He is matched up against draft-class colleague Emeka Okafor, who went one pick after Howard. J.J. Redick was the only other Magic player who had any rhythm on the offensive end. He hit two quick three-pointers to provide some energy off the bench. But Orlando has been hampered by turnovers, coughing it up 11 times so far.
Orlando will need to pick it up on the offensive end to avoid their second loss in as many nights.