ORLANDO, Fla. – The Greensboro Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, fell to the Lakeland Magic (Orlando Magic affiliate), 110-95, on Monday at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Kobi Simmons had a game-high 25 points to go with six assists and four rebounds in 42 minutes for the Swarm (4-8), scoring over 20 points for the sixth time this season.
The Swarm had strong performances from the Hornets assignees, Vernon Carey Jr. and Nick Richards. Carey Jr. scored 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field and pulled down nine rebounds in 26 minutes. Richards came off the bench and added 19 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.
However it was the 3-point shooting of the Magic (7-5) that paved the way to victory. Lakeland shot 40 percent from deep (18-for-45) with four players making at least three each (Devin Cannady, Billy Garrett, Andrew Rowsey, Robert Franks). Meanwhile the Swarm hit six threes, paced by four makes from Simmons.
Lakeland’s leading scorer was Mamadi Diakite, who had 21 points and 12 rebound. Rowsey scored 18 points off the bench to lead their reserves. Franks had a double-double as his evening finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Swarm, Ray McCallum had 16 points and nine assists in 40 minutes in his first start of the season while KJ McDaniels (eight points, seven rebounds) had a strong night off the bench. Greensboro was without Grant Riller, Xavier Sneed, Ahmed Hill and Jeff Roberson due to injury. The shuffling of the lineup saw two-way player Nate Darling make his first start of the season as well.