Kemba Walker scored 26 points and Nicolas Batum added 15 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 120-88 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Miles Bridges had 15 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 12 as the Hornets beat the Magic for the 12th straight time. Charlotte limited the Orlando to just 33.3 percent shooting and 54 points in the first three periods.

Charlotte Hornets’ Cody Zeller, left, dunks as he goes past Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Terrence Ross came off the bench and led the Magic with 14 points. Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier had 12 points apiece for Orlando, which trailed by 20 at halftime and never got closer than 15 points in the second half.

Walker helped Charlotte overcome a dreadful first half of offense by making a pair of 3-pointers and assisting Marvin Williams on two more 3-pointers at the start of the third period, helping the Hornets extend their lead to as many as 31 points in the third quarter.

Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) goes after the ball in front of Orlando Magic’s Mohamed Bamba during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The subs for both sides took over at that point, but nothing changed.

Orlando Magic’s Mohamed Bamba, right, shoots over Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The first half was forgettable for both teams. Each struggled to make any shot and the poor sniping was magnified by 18 turnovers between the teams.

Orlando was slightly worse in both areas with 28.6 percent shooting and 12 turnovers as Charlotte built a 51-31 lead at the half. Walker, who was scoreless in the first quarter, had 14 points in the second, and led an 18-5 run in the final six minutes of the half.

Charlotte Hornets’ Malik Monk (1) drives around Orlando Magic’s Wesley Iwundu (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

TIP-INS

Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) talks with head coach James Borrego while waiting for a teammate to shoot a free throw against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

HORNETS: Charlotte has won 14 of its last 15 games against the Magic. . The Hornets shot just 30.4 percent and committed four turnovers in the first period — and still led 22-10.

MAGIC: C Nikola Vucevic, who didn’t have a block in the season opener, had four against Charlotte. . SG Evan Fournier was shot 0 for 7 in the first half. … Orlando missed its first 10 3-point attempts and was 2 for 17 (11.8 percent) for the half.

Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) launches a three-point shot over Orlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin, right, as Charlotte head coach James Borrego, left, looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

UP NEXT

Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) drives around Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Hornets: At Miami on Saturday night.

Magic: First road game of the season at Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Source: The Associated Press

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