2016-2017 NBA regular season: playoff’s round Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Hornets (games-playoffs) March 10, 2017 at NBATV channel online @NBA 5:00 PM PT full replay, result and recap the full game will be available.
Walker scores 23, Hornets blow out Magic 121-81
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Things haven’t gone exactly as Marvin Williams and the Charlotte Hornets planned this season.
But the veteran forward said he’s optimistic the Hornets can still make a playoff run despite a midseason funk. They got headed in the right direction Friday night with a dominating 121-81 win over the Orlando Magic.
Charlotte (29-36) entered the night three games behind the Chicago Bulls for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference and in need of some momentum heading down the stretch.
Williams helped provide it.
Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Williams chipped in with 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Williams provided the highlight of the night with a monster jam over Bismack Biyombo on a three-point play that was replayed on the scoreboard several times, drawing louder roars each time.
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With only 18 games left in the regular season, every game is crucial for the Charlotte Hornets, who sit three games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Hornets (28-36) had a chance to make up some ground on Wednesday against Miami, but as has been their problem spot of late, the defense let them down in a 108-101 loss to the Heat.
Meanwhile, the Hornets’ opponent on Friday in Charlotte, the Orlando Magic, are pointing to next year and beyond, but they just might have found their point guard of the future.
In the past two games, Elfrid Payton has done his best impression of Russell Westbrook, notching back-to-back triple-doubles. The Magic (24-41) defeated the Bulls 98-91 on Wednesday as Payton scored a game-high 22 points, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and tied a career high with 14 assists.
He recorded his first triple-double of the season on the Magic’s final possession on Monday in a loss to the New York Knicks. Against the Bulls, he had his triple-double by the end of the third quarter.