Vucevic helps Magic snap five-game skid, beat Hornets 112-100

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — All the Orlando Magic needed to get back on track was a return trip to Charlotte.

Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points, Aaron Gordon had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Magic snapped a five-game skid with a 112-100 win over the Hornets yesterday. Evan Fournier added 17 points and Markelle Fultz had 12 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who won for the first time since beating the Hornets by 23 points on January 20.

“We always preach don’t ever get too high, never get too low in this league — and this was just one of those games that we needed,” Gordon said.

Terry Rozier scored 18 points to lead the struggling Hornets, who have lost 11 of 12.

Orlando (22-28) led by eight entering the fourth quarter but quickly stretched the lead to 16 behind back-to-back three-pointers from Terrence Ross and Gary Clark. The Hornets cut the lead to seven, but Ross hit two more 3s on consecutive possessions to push the lead back to 13. Ross finished with 13 points on four 3s.

Orlando shot 16 of 34 from three-point range; the Hornets were nine of 31.

“We lost at the three-point line by 21 points and that was the difference,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “We won the paint game and that was encouraging. But unfortunately they made seven more 3s than us, which isn’t typical for them. They’re not typically a big-time three-point shooting team but they made shots that you have to give them credit for.”

Orlando Magic centre Nikola Vucevic looks to shoot. PHOTO: AP