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9-14 FG | 10-17 FT | 1 BLK | 16 REB | 28 PTS | -25
Howard performed adequately, though the same couldn’t have been said for the majority of his teammates. Historically, he has feasted in his one-on-one matchups with Emeka Okafor (the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2004 NBA Draft respectively) and nothing was different in this game. The Magic ran 4-out/1-in offensive sets for Howard and he had little trouble knocking down hook shots.
3-5 FG | 3-5 3P | 2 AST | 2 REB | 9 PTS | -8
Redick was one of the few players for Orlando, aside from Howard, that seemed to care about what was going on against the New Orleans Hornets. This was by no means Redick’s best performance of the season but he knocked down open threes and put forth an honest effort when he played. Though it’s a little sad that a player for the Magic should be praised for trying.
2-6 FG | 1-3 3P | 5 AST | 3 REB | 6 PTS | -10
After Nelson had to come out of the game due to a sore jaw after colliding with Jarrett Jack in the second quarter, Duhon was forced to play a majority of the minutes at point guard. Sure, Duhon may have put up six points, five assists, and three rebounds, but it didn’t matter. Duhon is a bad player and he did little to dispel that notion against the Hornets.
1-7 FG | 1-6 3P | 1 AST | 3 REB | 3 PTS | -32
If there was a player that wanted to be anywhere else instead of in Louisiana to play a game, it was Turkoglu. It’s a shame, too, because Turkoglu is one of the few players for Orlando that has played well this season. Yet against New Orleans, Turkoglu chucked up bad shots, made careless turnovers, played bad defense, and showed that he didn’t care to play.
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Perhaps the one statistic that proved the Hornets were an opportunistic team, given the circumstances, was the fact that they scored 28 points off of the Magic’s 22 turnovers. New Orleans wanted to win, Orlando did not, and that was the difference in the ballgame. And the Hornets were able to do all of this without their best player available (Eric Gordon) because of an injury.
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.