Monk scores 26, Hornets rout Magic 137-100
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 07, 2018 09:46 AM
Charlotte Hornets' Malik Monk (1) shoots next to Orlando Magic's Wesley Iwundu (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
By Bill Fay, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Reserve Malik Monk scored 26 points, Frank Kaminsky added 21 and the Charlotte Hornets routed the outmanned Orlando Magic 137-100 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Marvin Williams scored 18 points and Dwight Howard had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets, who stopped a four-game losing streak. Charlotte led by 24 points two minutes into the second quarter and pushed the advantage to as many as 45 in the second half despite benching all starters for the final period.
D.J. Augustin led Orlando with 19 points and Marreese Speights had 14 for the Magic, who prominently featured four players off their G League roster in the game. Three of them, Khem Birch, Jamel Artis and Rodney Purvis, each had 12 points.
The Hornets' regular roster had a field day against Orlando's makeshift rotation. Charlotte's NBA regulars were crisp in their offensive execution and coordinated in defending against a Magic starting five that hadn't played together this season.
The Orlando players' lack of familiarity with each other showed at both ends of the floor but especially on defense, where they were continually beat off the dribble and because of it, gave up a lot of wide-open shots from the perimeter.
Charlotte led 51-27 after Kaminsky drained a three-pointer with 10:14 left in the second period. The Hornets had their pick of shots on nearly every possession against the confused Magic defenders.
Charlotte shot 56.5 percent from the field in the first half and hit half of its 16 3-point shots.
Howard, who started his career in Orlando, had 12 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes of the first half against his former team. All four of Howard's first-half field goals were dunks over Magic big men Bismack Biyombo and Birch.
Hornets: The 43 points the Hornets scored in the first quarter were the second-most points they've scored in any quarter this season. ... Charlotte had given up 118.5 points in its previous five games.
Magic: F Artis got his first NBA start and shot 5-of-12. ... Leading scorer Aaron Gordon (calf) and leading rebounder Nikola Vucevic (back) sat out the game. ... The Magic have not beaten division rival Charlotte since Dec. 15, 2015, a stretch of 11 games.
Hornets: Host Indiana Sunday afternoon (Monday, PHL time).
Magic: Travel to Toronto Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).