Bobcats losing streak hits 11 after loss to Magic
Seven is a lucky number for many, but not for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Behind 20 points from Glenn Davis and Aaron Afflalo, the Orlando Magic handed the Bobcats their 11th consecutive defeat Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Charlotte (7-16) is now 0 for its last 34 in attempts to win an eighth game during the past two seasons. The Bobcats finished last season with a record worst 7-59 record.
Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said Saturday's loss boiled down to poor execution on offense.
"We didn't make shots," Dunlap said. "We had some good looks. The fact of the matter is they were 15 footers, and they were six footers, but they did not go in."
The Magic (10-13) maintained control for most of Saturday's contest, holding the lead from the 7:50 mark of the first quarter until the 4:07 left in the game.
Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions, who scored 14 points off of the bench against the Magic, believes his team needs to play a complete game.
"We've got to compete for 48 minutes," said Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions. "In the first half, I think they kind of got up a little bit on us in the first quarter, and we were kind of battling ever since. You've got to give it to Orlando, though. They are a similar team to us as you look at their roster, but they are playing hard and playing well right now."
Charlotte trailed by as many as 11 points to Orlando, but fought back behind second-year guard Kemba Walker with a second half rally.
Walker recorded 20 of his career-high 32 points in the second half.
"I'm trying to get better," Walker said of his performance. "That's all I can really do at this point. I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help my team win basketball games."
A 3-pointer by Jeff Taylor at the 5:07 of the fourth quarter mark gave Charlotte a 67-66 lead — its first advantage since the early stages of the first quarter.
However, the Magic were solid down the stretch, shooting 60 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, while Charlotte made just 5-of-17 shots (29.4 percent) in the final stanza.
Jameer Nelson added 16 points in Orlando's victory, while J.J. Redick scored 14 points off of the Magic bench, including a trio of 3-pointers.
Charlotte starts a four-game road trip on Tuesday against the L.A. Lakers (10-14) — part of a West Coast road swing that also includes games against Phoenix (9-15), Golden State (16-8) and Denver (12-12).
During that stretch, the Bobcats will be trying to win their eighth game in a season for the first time since beating the Denver Nuggets 100-98 on Dec. 7, 2010.
Walker said he and his teammates have to step up their play in order to break the Bobcats current losing streak.
"It's tough," Walker said of the Bobcats current 11-game skid. "Nobody likes losing. It's all on us. I think we have too many slow starts. You have to pick it up from the tip off. I think we've just got to be more intense. We've got to get our energy back. It's tough bringing energy every night. That's how we've got to be to win."
Charlotte returns home Dec. 26 against the defending NBA champion Miami Heat (15-6).