It figures on a night where the Magic struggled to get stops and struggled to put together good enough defense to control the game, that a defensive play -- a good one at that -- might have ultimately sealed their fate.
E'Twaun Moore blocked Grivis Vasquez's runner with 25.1 seconds left and recovered the ball. The only problem was he was on the line and out of bounds beneath the basket. It would be Hornets ball... with a new shot clock. Down by one point, that turned out to be a critical play as Vasquez received the inbounds and gave the Hornets a three-point lead.
The Magic tried to free up J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson on several occassions, seeking the team's season-high 12th 3-point make of the season. Neither could get open and the ball fell to a wide-open Nikola Vucevic in the corner for a chance to tie the game.
His open 3-pointer was no good and the Hornets snapped their 11-game losing streak with a 97-94 win in front of a sellout crowd at the Amway ...