Hornets 97, Magic 84
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Baron Davis had 23 points and nine assists as the Charlotte Hornets, playing without leading scorer Jamal Mashburn, beat the Orlando Magic 97-84 Thursday night.
Mashburn missed the game with a bruised sternum, suffered in Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota, but the Hornets won for the 10th time in their past 12 games.
Davis hit four of five 3-point attempts and pulled down five rebounds.
David Wesley added 18 points and 10 assists and Elden Campbell shook off a sore right shoulder and a sore left knee to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Eddie Robinson, who replaced Mashburn in the starting lineup, had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Tracy McGrady had 19 points for the Magic, who failed to move ahead of the Hornets into fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Darrell Armstrong added 16 points and Mike Miller had 15.
Charlotte took the lead for good in the second minute of the game, but never shook the Magic until Davis’s 3-pointer with 4:49 left made it 88-74.
Orlando shot just 37 percent for the game and committed 18 turnovers.
Charlotte led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, with Davis hitting five of seven shots, including two dunks off steals.
The Hornets started the second quarter on an 11-2 run to go up 40-22, but the Magic slowly cut into the lead, and Miller’s 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 56-45 at halftime.
Davis hit a 3-pointer in an 11-0 run as Charlotte took a 20-point lead midway through the third quarter, but the Magic responded with a 13-2 spurt to get back in it.
Notes: Hornets coach Paul Silas hopes Mashburn will be able to play Saturday against Milwaukee... Some members of the Milwaukee Bucks, including coach George Karl, were at the game. The Bucks flew directly to Charlotte after their game in Boston Wednesday... The Magic have lost six of its past eight games in Charlotte.