Mario Hezonja makes solid debut in Magic’s preseason loss to Hornets

Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) shoots the ball and scores over Charlotte Hornets forward Sam Thompson (12) center and Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson (25) right, during the first half.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jeremy Lin had 17 points, Jeremy Lamb added 16 and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Orlando Magic 106-100 on Saturday night in their exhibition opener.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury after going to the floor following a foul in the second quarter.

Magic: Reserve big man Andrew Nicholson made the most of his 21 minutes, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Rookie watch: Fifth-overall draft pick Mario Hezonja had nine points, a dunk and shot well from the outside in his debut. Charlotte rookie Frank Kaminsky had seven points and four rebounds.

Midseason form: Offseason acquisition Nicolas Batum, who Charlotte hopes can be a third scoring option, was active with 14 points and six rebounds.

Up next: Charlotte is at Miami on Sunday night. The Magic play the Heat in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday night.