Hornets Knock Down Magic 90-80

Anthony Mason had 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets pulled away from the Orlando Magic for a 90-80 victory Saturday night.

Leading 73-69 with 7:50 left in the game, the Hornets scored nine straight points over the next four minutes, led by Mason with a slam dunk and a three-point play. The burst effectively put the game out of reach.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Hornets, who won their fourth straight. Glen Rice had 17 points, followed by David Wesley with 15, Bobby Phills 13 and Matt Geiger 12.

Derek Harper paced the Magic with 20 points, Charles Outlaw added 16 and David Benoit 15.

Charlotte opened a lead that reached 12 points on Phills' alley-oop jam from Wesley with 8:47 left in the first half. The 15-3 run spanned the first and second periods.

The advantage grew to 40-25 when Vernon Maxwell converted a technical foul on Orlando coach Chuck Daly at 5:37. But Benoit scored 12 points in the final 5:20 to key a 19-7 run that cut the Hornets' lead to 47-44 at the half.

Charlotte held the Magic scoreless for the first 5:42 of the third quarter and opened a 55-44 margin, only to see most of the lead evaporate in a 16-8 Orlando run to finish the period.

Notes: The Hornets activated Vlade Divac on Saturday and cleared a roster spot for the 7-foot-1 center by placing Tony Farmer on the injured list (tendinitis in the left knee). Divac missed 18 games because of a chipped shin bone in his left leg. He underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Jan. 20. ... The Magic lost to Charlotte for only the second time in 11 meetings. ... A bout with the flu sidelined Orlando swing man Nick Anderson for the second straight game.

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