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The energy was sucked out of Amway Center far too quickly as the Magic dug themselves another deep hole early in the game. It could get brought back just as quickly with Victor Oladipo flying to the rim. And it could be taken away just as quickly with the Bobcats stifling the Magic and parading to the foul line.
Shoulders drooped. Hope was lost. The home crowd was quiet.
The Bobcats had silenced a Friday night Magic crowd that was previously energized enough to help them eliminate a 21-3 deficit. Simply put though, the home crowd had nothing to cheer for. The Magic were not generating much offensive fluidity, they were forcing shots and fouling so much it disrupted any rhythm in the game.
Charlotte's defense would not crack and Orlando's forced shots would not fall in an 111-101 loss at Amway Center on Friday night, the team's 10th straight defeat.
A Magic team that continually states it is all about winning, is still searching for the right formulas and combinations to get those wins. Some of it may simply come down to attitude.
"We just had to go right back at them," Tobias Harris said. "We can't hang our heads. It's the NBA. It's a game of runs. Stuff like that is going to happen, night in and night out. We have to pick up our energy, we have to be excited. In the fourth quarter, whether we are down 10 points, eight points, six points as it were, our energy has to be higher."no comments