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Magic-Hornets game 1st in NBA history to have 2 female refs officiate

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Magic-Hornets game 1st in NBA history to have 2 female refs officiate

HISTORY. Natalie Sago (left) and Jenna Shroeder officiate Magic vs Hornets game to mark a historic night for female NBA referees.

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Referees Natalie Sago and Jenna Schroeder mark the 1st NBA game to be officiated by 2 women

The Orlando Magic defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 117-108, in the first regular-season NBA contest in history with two female officials.

Referees Natalie Sago and Jenna Schroeder worked with Sean Wright in the game that saw the Magic win just the second time in their last 10 games on Monday night, January 25.

Nikola Vucevic, who reached the 10,000-point career mark a night earlier, scored 28 points off an 11-of-23 clip from the field, including 4-of-7 of his 3-point shots. He also hauled in 12 rebounds.

Rookie Cole Anthony nabbed his career-high of 21 points with 4 3-point baskets, Evan Fournier had 19 points and Dwayne Bacon had 15 points for Orlando.

It was the first time in the last 4 outings for the Magic that their game that didn’t go down the final second.

Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier had 24 points each for the Hornets, while Devonté Graham added 21 points as Charlotte lost for the fifth time in its last 6 games.

The outcome came just 24 hours after Charlotte’s 107-104 victory against the Magic on the same court when Hayward delivered the winning basket.

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, who sat out a night earlier because of back and hip ailments, returned to action and posted 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in a starting role. He made just 4 of his 10 free-throw attempts.

The Magic connected on 7 of their 12 3-point attempts in the 3rd quarter. The last two were from Anthony, who stretched the Magic’s to 83-63 with 5 minutes remaining in the quarter.

There was no 4th-quarter comeback for the Hornets this time, as the Magic kept their lead in double digits for a large chunk of the period.

Charlotte led 30-19 after one quarter but trailed 55-54 at halftime.

The Hornets shot just 11-for-38 from 3-point range in the game. Their reserves combined to go 0 of 13 on 3-point attempts. Backups Cody Zeller (11 points) and Miles Bridges (10 points) aided the offense off the bench. – Rappler.com

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