The Orlando Magic completed a forgettable week Friday night, falling to the hapless New Orleans Hornets 93-67 on Friday night at New Orleans Arena.


Continuing to have trouble scoring even when not playing against the Boston Celtics, the Magic (12-7) are suddenly, desperately looking for answers after losing three of their last four games.


After two devastating losses during the week to the Celtics — one an offensive brown-out, the other a monumental collapse — the Magic expected an easier time against the Hornets. They came in at 3-15 and lugging a nine-game losing streak.


“It’s the whole thing. We were awful ... three worst losses we’ve had since I’ve been here over a matter of five days. It’s tough to take,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.


‘‘We were sitting at 11-4 and playing well. All of a sudden — other than the Indiana game — we’re falling apart.”


Forward Earl Clark summed up an evening of horrid basketball, watching his fast-break dunk clang off the back of the rim as Hornets fans howled with laughter.


“We just didn’t play. We laid down,” shooting guard Jason Richardson said.


Orlando has failed to score 20 points in each of the last six quarters. The Magic turned over the ball 23 times (for 28 Hornets points), played poorly on the defensive end and looked tired, out-hustled and out-played by the scrappy, rebuilding Hornets.


NBA suspends Jackson


The NBA suspended Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Stephen Jackson for one game for verbal abuse of an official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner in Friday night’s loss at Chicago. The league announced the suspension Saturday, a few hours before the Bucks were set to play the Los Angeles Lakers in Milwaukee. Jackson will serve his suspension against the Lakers, another setback for a team that already faces an extended absence by injured center Andrew Bogut.


Bulls release James


The Chicago Bulls released veteran guard Mike James, who’d been signed Jan. 11. James appeared in three games for Chicago and averaged four points. He also played this season for Erie in the NBA Development League. An eight-year NBA veteran, James has also played for the Wizards, Heat, Pistons, Celtics, Rockets, Bucks, Raptors, Timberwolves and Hornets.


Back bothers Henderson


Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson sat out Saturday against the Washington Wizards after re-aggravating his back in Friday’s loss to Philadelphia. Coach Paul Silas says he believes Henderson might have injured his back during a fall Friday.