ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Kemba Walker continued his hot shooting on Friday night as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 120-88. The Magic fall to 1-1 on the season.
Walker got off to a cold start, missing his first three shots and started to heat up afterwards. He finished 8 for 17 from the floor and scored 26 points in 27 minutes in the game. He hit five 3-pointers, giving him 12 made through 2 games. During the game, Walker tied the NBA record for most three-point baskets made to start a season. He tied Ray Allen’s mark and could have broken the record if he wouldn’t have sat out the fourth quarter.
“It feels good. I’m just as proud of the guys. They responded to what we have asked of them after game one. We won all four quarters, and I was happy and proud of their effort.”- Charlottte Head Coach James Borrego on his team’s effort
Speaking of cold starts, both teams started off cold as they missed 20 of their first 24 shots to start the game. But as Charlotte started to warm up, the Magic couldn’t find their rhythm. They finished the game shooting 38.3% from the field.
As rough as it was for Orlando from the floor, it was even tougher from beyond the arc. Orlando hit 6 of their 31 attempts from the 3-point line. Even though it has been a struggle in the opening two games, Head Coach Steve Clifford is still is optimistic about his team’s shooting from beyond the arc.
“Our system is to disrupt the ball, help, recover, have urgency, great hands, great communication. I think all of it was there tonight. But it can’t stop there–we’ve got to bring it with us to Miami. But I love the effort overall, intensity, the communication. And I think, like I said, Nik [Vucevic] really set the tone for us guarding Aaron Gordon. He took on that challenge, he accepted it and we fed off of that.”- Head Coach Steve Clifford on his team’s overall performance
Terrance Ross led the Magic with 14 points off the bench. Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points and had eight rebounds. Orlando was outrebounded 55 to 44, even though Aaron Gordon had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Orlando will have a short turnaround as they travel to Philadelphia on Saturday to take on Joel Embiid and the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. They will return home on Thursday night to take on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers at 7pm.
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org