CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte Hornets fought to get into the NBA playoffs Wednesday night, but came up short.
The Hornets lost to the Orlando Magic 114-122 Wednesday night at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Charlotte will end the season as the ninth seed in the eastern conference with a 39-43 record.
The Detroit Pistons will grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the eastern conference after a dominating 115-89 victory over the New York Knicks Wednesday.
For the Hornets to make the playoffs, they needed to defeat the Magic and needed the Knicks to beat the Pistons. Neither of those two things happened.
The last Hornets playoff appearance was in the 2015-16 season where they lost a hard-fought seven-game series against the Miami Heat in the first round.
The Hornets will now have a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.