Orlando, FL – The tandem of Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez helped the New Orleans Hornets avoid matching a franchise-record losing streak with a 97-94 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
Lopez finished 9-of-10 with 29 points, one shy of his career high, while Vasquez established a personal best with 27 points. He also compiled eight assists and six rebounds.
Rookie Anthony Davis contributed a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Hornets, who had dropped 11 in a row, one shy of their worst streak set from Jan. 19-Feb. 14, 1990.
Ryan Anderson scored 15 points in his return to Orlando. He faced the Magic for the first time since they dealt him to the Hornets this past summer.
Jameer Nelson had a season-high 28 points and 10 assists for Orlando.
"He did a good job of creating shots for himself and for others," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said about Nelson.
Nikola Vucevic supplied 19 points and nine boards against the Hornets, but missed a game-tying 3-pointer from the right wing in the dying seconds.
The Magic have lost three consecutive games and five straight in the series.
Down 10 late in the third quarter, the Magic rallied in the final stanza and moved ahead 92-91 on two Vucevic free throws with 3:44 left. After Lopez and Orlando's JJ Redick each made a pair from the charity stripe, Vasquez put New Orleans back in front with a floater in the lane.
Coming out of an Orlando timeout inside the final minute, Arron Afflalo was blocked by Lopez on a drive. E'Twaun Moore then stepped on the baseline after foiling an attempt by Vasquez, who sank two clutch free throws with 18.7 seconds.
A back-and-forth first quarter ended with New Orleans holding a 26-24 edge. The Hornets led by seven early in the second quarter, but Nelson dished to Maurice Harkless for a one-handed slam over Lopez that put Orlando up 53-49 at halftime.
Orlando held its 12th straight opponent to less than 100 points ... New Orleans converted 19-of-20 free throws ... The Magic were 11-of-30 from 3- point range ... Afflalo had 14 points and Redick added 12 with six assists and five rebounds.