Orlando (10-30) at New Orleans (22-17)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Sat Jan 17, 2004
  • TV: WRBW
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The New Orleans Hornets hope to step up their offensive production and end a season-high four-game losing streak as they host Tracy McGrady and the Orlando Magic.

The Hornets’ poor shooting led to Thursday’s 78-74 overtime defeat to Toronto. New Orleans shot just 35 percent, including a 1-of-17 performance from 3-point range.

New Orleans has hit better than 35 percent from the field only once during the slide, scoring 90 points or fewer in each loss.

George Lynch scored a team-high 12 points Thursday, and leading-scorer Baron Davis added 10 for the Hornets, who have lost 10 of 15 since tying the franchise’s best start with a 17-7 mark.

“Offensively, I’m really scratching my head right now,” Hornets coach Tim Floyd said. “We’re not playing with any confidence at all.”

David Wesley, New Orleans’ second-leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, is doubtful for Saturday’s game after spraining the big toe on his left foot in the fourth quarter Thursday.

“I think they are calling it turf toe, but right now it feels like it’s broken,” Wesley said.

The Magic are coming off a 124-118 overtime home win over Boston on Friday behind McGrady’s 42 points. McGrady, the NBA’s second-leading scorer at 26.1 points a game, is averaging 34.6 over his last seven.

Drew Gooden broke out of a scoring slump to help the Magic post their second victory in the last 10 games. Gooden had a career-high 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting. He came in averaging just six points on 33 percent (11-for-33) shooting over his previous four games.

“I was due,” Gooden said. “I had a little dry spell for about five games, and I felt like I let my team down during that stretch. Tonight, I told the team that I was going to go out and give it all I had.”

Orlando, which owns the league’s worst record, has lost three previous meetings with the Hornets this season. McGrady has averaged 26 points in those games.

The Hornets are 16-9 all-time at home against the Magic.

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