No 10-game winning streak.
The New Orleans Hornets were able to defeat the Orlando Magic in overtime by the score of 92-89 in a defensive slugfest that saw both teams struggle to generate offense consistently throughout the game. The Hornets were led by a balanced attack, as five players scored in double-figures. The players that stood out the most for New Orleans were Marcus Thornton and Chris Paul. Thornton was able to provide a spark off the bench for the Hornets, hitting big shots in crunch-time while finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds. Paul was a magician in the pick and roll for New Orleans, causing headaches for the Magic’s defense all night long as he piled up 12 points, 13 rebounds, and five rebounds. Dwight Howard led the way for Orlando with 29 points, 20 rebounds, and two blocks — it was the third 20-20 game for the big fella this season. Jason Richardson contributed with 21 points and seven rebounds but more importantly, displayed his affinity for the dramatic as he connected on two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Magic to force the game into overtime courtesy of Hedo Turkoglu‘s game-tying three-point shot with 6.9 seconds remaining in the period. Yes, Turkoglu was clutch with the game on the line for Orlando but it wasn’t enough.