The Charlotte Bobcats looked like they'd turned a corner in Monday night's win against Golden State. Wednesday they looked very much like a team still struggling to find its identity as it lost 92-83 to Orlando.
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford refused to use his team's experience level as an excuse for failing to put together elongated winning streaks at home.
"We can call it growing pains, we can call it lack of maturity, we can call it whatever we want," he said. "The bottom line is it's the difference in this league, regardless of how old you are."
The loss snapped a two-game home winning streak for Charlotte, who fell to 10-12 for the season.
The Bobcats struggled offensively, shooting just 37 percent from the field and 24 percent from the three-point line. Orlando didn't shoot much better, but it did out-rebound Charlotte by nine, which led to 17 second-chance points.
"We got out worked on the glass," Clifford said. "Tonight, for whatever reason, we just didn't put the effort in."
Seven Magic players scored in double-figures, led by Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson. Davis also had 12 rebounds.
Gerald Henderson led Charlotte with 12 points, Cody Zeller added 10 and Al Jefferson chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Clifford said that he could live with the bad shooting if his team put forth the effort in other areas.
"We're not an offensive juggernaut. We're not built like that," Clifford said. If we're not going to defend and rebound we're not going to win."