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Rookie Malik Monk had the best night of his young career and it didn’t matter to him that it came against a Magic team that featured almost as many G League players as NBA regulars.

Monk scored a season-high 26 points Adidas Patrick Kane Jersey , Frank Kaminsky added 21 and the Charlotte Hornets routed outmanned Orlando 137-100 on Friday night.

Monk, the Hornets’ backup point guard, also tied his career high with eight assists against a makeshift Magic team that gave prominent roles in the game to four call-ups from its G League team.

”I’m going out there to play like I don’t have a spot every time I step on the court,” Monk said.

”I don’t think it’s ever going to get any better than that. You know they had G League guys because of the scouting report, but I’m going out there to play like it’s LeBron (James), Russell Westbrook, anybody like that.”

Marvin Williams scored 18 points and Dwight Howard had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets, who stopped a four-game losing streak. Charlotte led by 24 points two minutes into the second quarter and pushed the advantage to as many as 45 in the second half despite benching all starters for the final period.

”Malik was really cooking in terms of decision making . eight assists, one turnover and he easily could have had three or four more assists,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. ”We shot the ball so well and when you shoot like that, it makes everything else look better, too.”

D.J. Augustin led Orlando with 19 points and Marreese Speights had 14 for the Magic, who prominently featured four players off their G League roster in the game. Three of them, Khem Birch, Jamel Artis and Rodney Purvis, each had 12 points.

The Magic were down by double digits seven minutes into the game and never got the deficit under 10 the rest of the game.

”Very difficult, disappointing performance by us,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ”Our four young guys got opportunities to play extended minutes and earn jobs and they didn’t take advantage of that opportunity. We didn’t play well by a long shot.”

The Hornets’ regular roster had a field day against Orlando’s makeshift rotation. Charlotte’s NBA regulars were crisp in their offensive execution and coordinated in defending against a Magic starting five that hadn’t played together this season.

Charlotte led 51-27 after Kaminsky drained a 3-pointer with 10:14 left in the second period. The Hornets had their pick of shots on nearly every possession against the confused Magic defenders.

Charlotte shot 56.5 percent from the field in the first half and hit half of its 16 3-point shots.

Howard, who started his career in Orlando, had 12 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes of the first half against his former team. All four of Howard’s first-half field goals were dunks over Magic big men Bismack Biyombo and Birch.

TIP-INS

Hornets: The 43 points the Hornets scored in the first quarter were the second-most points they’ve scored in any quarter this season. . Charlotte had given up 118.5 points in its previous five games.

Magic: F Artis got his first NBA start and shot 5 of 12. . Leading scorer Aaron Gordon (calf) and leading rebounder Nikola Vucevic (back) sat out the game. . The Magic have not beaten division rival Charlotte since Dec. 15, 2015 Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , a stretch of 11 games.

NO DEFENSE FOR HORNETS SEASON

Clifford said that before the season, he thought this was his most talented team but the Hornets haven’t lived up to it. ”I thought we could be a top-five defensive team, but instead, this has been our worst defensive team,” Clifford said. ”I thought we could be top-five defensive and top 12 on offense and that usually would be about 45 or 46 wins. We’ll be close to that offensively, but our defense hasn’t been anywhere close to where it was in other years.”

TOP PICK DONE

Vogel all but confirmed that Jonathan Isaac, the sixth pick in last summer’s NBA Draft, is done for the season. Vogel said Isaac has swelling and discomfort in his left ankle. Isaac has missed 52 games this season because of ankle injuries. ”Unless he turns a corner, there is a good chance he doesn’t play again this year,” Vogel said. ”The emphasis of his offseason will be to strengthen his lower extremities.” Isaac averaged 5.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in the 27 games he did play. ”I wasn’t out the entire season,” Isaac said. ”I was still able to contribute and help the team win some games. To me, that’s better than not doing it at all.”

Hornets: Host Indiana Sunday afternoon.

Magic: Travel to Toronto Sunday night.

WASHINGTON — The Vegas Golden Knights‘ storybook inaugural season is teetering on the brink. Given all they have accomplished thus far, they see no reason to panic.

Trailing 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Golden Knights must find a way to solve the Washington Capitals‘ defense in Game 4 Monday night at Capital One Arena.

“It’s been said all year,” forward James Neal told the Las Vegas Sun. “We know what we have in this room and we stick together. We got each other, we’ll pick each other up, focus on the next one. We’ll have our best game of the year and tie it up.”

The Golden Knights rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the Western Conference Finals to win four straight games.

They have lost consecutive games for the first time in the playoffs and showed no signs of solving Washington’s smothering defense during Saturday’s 3-1 Game 3 loss. Vegas was limited to 22 shots on goal, its second lowest total in the playoffs.

The Golden Knights attempted 62 shots. Braden Holtby made 21 saves and his teammates blocked 26 shots.

“Offensive teams have certain tendencies, certain routes that they take through the neutral zone, plays they like to make,” Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen told NHL.com. “So if you can be on top of them Mike Adams Jersey , turn over some pucks, stifle them, make it hard for them to gain entry with possession, that frustrates skilled players.”

The Knights have managed just three goals in the last two games. Washington’s forecheck has disrupted the Vegas offense and forced turnovers like the one that led to Devante Smith-Pelly’s goal game-clinching tally on Saturday. Washington has also been quick to turn broken Vegas plays into rushes.

“I think we can hang onto pucks more instead of putting it in the slot blindly,” David Perron told NHL.com. “I think our line’s been guilty, for sure, of throwing some pucks in the slot that don’t result in anything other than transition for their team.”

The Capitals, playing their first home Finals game since Detroit completed a sweep in 1998, improved to 11-4 in the playoffs when scoring first as Alex Ovechkin’s goal made it 1-0.

It was his 14th of the playoffs and tied John Druce’s 28-year-old franchise record. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who left Game 2 with an upper body injury, did return for Game 3 and provided a goal and an assist.

In the first Stanley Cup Final of his storied career, Ovechkin is playing complete hockey: scoring goals, blocking shots and fighting for loose pucks.

“It’s the Stanley Cup final,” Ovechkin told the Washington Post. “What do you want to do? It’s all in for everybody.”

Added defenseman John Carlson: “He’s as engaged as anyone could ever be, I think. It shows in his game. And it shows in the effect it has on the rest of us.”

It is up to Vegas coach Gerard Gallant to find a way to stop Ovechkin and Co. and generate more good chances against Holtby.

“In the three games, we haven’t been good enough,” Gallant told NHL.com on Sunday. “If we don’t step up our game, the same result’s going to happen tomorrow night. So, we’ll see what we’re made of.”
 
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