The Orlando Magic lost to the Charlotte Bobcats 111-101 on Friday. This was the Magic’s 10th loss in a row.
The Magic struggled to defend the Bobcats throughout the game. Magic center Glen Davis could do little to impede Bobcats center Al Jefferson in the paint. Jefferson had a double-double performance of 30 points and 16 rebounds to lead the way for the Bobcats.
Here are three other takeaways from Friday’s game.
The return of Arron Afflalo
Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo returned to the lineup for the Orlando Magic after missing the last three games due to a right ankle injury. Afflalo is having a breakout season for the Magic and showed little if any rust, scoring a team-high 24 points.
3-point barrage by the Bobcats
The Orlando Magic struggled to defend the perimeter throughout the game. The Bobcats shot 46.7 percent from the 3-point line and were 7-for-15 behind the arc. Bobcats power forward Josh McRoberts was the key culprit in the 3-point assault as he was 5-for-7 from the 3-point line and finished the game with 17 points. Some of the blame goes to the interior part of the defense for the Magic, which struggled to contain Jefferson one-on-one. This forced the Magic to have to bring an extra man, which allowed for open shots from the 3-point line.
The Magic could not defend the Bobcats without fouling. This became especially evident in the 4th quarter as the Magic seemingly fouled or allowed the Bobcats to score on every possession.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) January 18, 2014
This game would end with the Magic committing 22 personal fouls during the game, with 10 of those fouls coming in the 4th quarter.
The next game for the Magic will be against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The Celtics have already beaten the Magic twice this season, with the first being a 91-89 loss on Nov. 8 and the 2nd being a 120-105 loss on Nov. 11. Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando is set for 6 p.m.