Magic Musings: Orlando still searching for first win of 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. — Arron Afflalo returned, but the Orlando Magic’s search for their first victory of 2014 continues.
Even with their leading scorer back in the starting lineup and putting up a team-high 24 points, the Magic’s losing streak extended to 10 in a 111-101 defeat to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Charlotte shot 52.7 percent in just its third win since Christmas.
Down 21-3 in the early going and 30-18 after one quarter, the Magic turned things around with the help of an 18-3 run in the second. Glen Davis’ jump shot from the top of the key off an assist from Victor Oladipo gave them a 53-52 halftime lead.
But they trailed 78-74 heading into the fourth quarter and, aside from a four-point play from Afflalo with 2:55 to go, never got close enough to scare the Bobcats down the stretch.
Nikola Vucevic sat out a sixth game in a row due to a concussion. Jameer Nelson added 18 points and eight assists. Oladipo, who scored a career-high 35 points on Wednesday, had 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds by halftime but only one point, three assists and no rebounds over the final two quarters.
Josh McRoberts, who played in 41 games for the Magic last season before being traded to the Bobcats in February, had 17 points — all in the first three quarters. He went 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
THE TURNING POINT
A 14-2 run by the Bobcats in the middle of the third quarter gave them the lead for good. The Magicâs only points came on a jumper by Davis.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Bobcats center Al Jefferson took advantage of Vucevic’s absence, scoring 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting and grabbing 16 rebounds.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Bobcats didn’t go to the free-throw line in the first quarter but ended up going 26-of-35. The single-game high this season for free throws made by a Magic opponent is 29 by the Miami Heat.
Sunday vs. Boston, 6 p.m. (FOX Sports Florida).