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Charlotte Hornets player grades from Wednesday’s victory vs. Magic

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The Charlotte Hornets outlasted the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night to win their fourth game of the season, 120-11.

Charlotte outscored Orlando 29-18 in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

Once again, Miles Bridges led the way for the Hornets, scoring 31 points and grabbing 6 rebounds while hitting 5-of-10 from downtown. This is Bridges’ third 30-point game in the last four games, who won Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week.

Gordon Hayward finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.

LaMelo Ball struggled from the floor, only scoring 7 points on 3-of-14 shooting, but added 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

Check out the individual player grades from Wednesday night’s victory below.

LaMelo Ball: C

LaMelo really struggled shooting from the floor on Wednesday night as he just couldn’t’t get anything to fall. But for Ball, on nights where he doesn’t have it from a scoring standpoint, he’s able to focus on getting other’s good looks, as he did for Bridges and Hayward against the Magic.

Gordon Hayward: A

Gordon Hayward really bounced back on Wednesday after he struggled in Monday’s loss against his former team, the Boston Celtics. Hayward shot an efficient 9-of-13 on against the Magic as he not only scored but made an impact as a facilitator and on the defensive end.

Miles Bridges: A

It seems like it’s now a nightly thing where Miles Bridges leads this team in scoring as he did again on Wednesday by scoring 30 points for the third time in four games. When LaMelo struggles to score on nights, if Bridges can put the ball in the hoop like he’s been doing to start the season, the Hornets will be just fine.

Mason Plumlee: B

Mason Plumlee was solid on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block — really an all-around performance for Plumlee. If this is the kind of impact that Plumlee can provide going forward, touching all aspects of the game, this acquisition will make all the sense in the world.

Cody Martin: A

Cody Martin has continued to play well and make a positive impact off the bench to start the season for the Hornets. On Wednesday, Martin finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. If Martin can continue this production on both ends of the floor in the solid amount of minutes he’s getting, the Hornets depth just got more solidified going forward.

Jalen McDaniels: A+

With P.J. Washington missing the last two games, Jalen McDaniels has stepped into more minutes off the bench and produced at a high level. In Wednesday’s victory against the Magic, McDaniels finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Like Martin, if McDaniels can keep this kind of impact going off the bench, on top of getting Terry Rozier and Washington back, Charlotte will be in a great place.

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