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Orlando 119, New Orleans 96
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Officials: #28 Kevin Scott, #75 Ashley Moyer-Gleich, #4 Sean Wright
Attendance: 17005

The Orlando Magic led from start to finish, pounding the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 119-96 on Wednesday night.

Evan Fournier led all scorers with 22 points for Orlando, Aaron Gordon added 20 points plus seven rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic chipped in 15 points and 17 rebounds.

The Magic improved to 34-38, keeping pace with the Miami Heat in the chase for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Orlando remains 1 1/2 games behind the Miami, which beat the Spurs in San Antonio 110-105l.

Frank Jackson was the only Pelicans starter to score in double figures, netting 14 points. Reserve Stanley Johnson scored a team-high 18, Ian Clark had 17 points off the bench, and reserve Cheick Diallo had seven points and 11 rebounds. Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis did not play due to a family matter.

The Magic took a double-digit lead less than four minutes into the game and never let the Pelicans back into it. Orlando led by 14 after one quarter, 22 by halftime, 31 after the third quarter and by as much as 35 in the fourth.

The Magic shot 45.1 percent from the field while limiting New Orleans to just 37.3 percent.

Orlando jumped out to a 14-2 lead to start the game and led 39-25 after Terrence Ross hit a 3-pointer just before the first-quarter buzzer sounded. Vucevic already had 10 rebounds by the end of the opening period and had a double-double by halftime.

Former Magic guard Elfrid Payton had his streak of five straight triple-doubles snapped, as he wound up with just seven points, three rebounds and two assists. Payton had joined Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook as the only players ever with five consecutive triple-doubles.

Orlando plays host to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. The Grizzlies stunned the Magic 105-97 back on March 10 after holding Orlando to just one field goal in the final eight minutes.

New Orleans plays it next five games at home, starting with the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
New Orleans   Orlando
Stanley Johnson 18 Scoring Evan Fournier 22
Ian Clark 4 Assists D.J. Augustin 7
Cheick Diallo 11 Rebounds Nikola Vucevic 17
Stanley Johnson 4 Free Throws Made Nikola Vucevic 4
Kenrich Williams 4 Steals Wes Iwundu 3
Jahlil Okafor 2 Blocks Jonathan Isaac 4
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 96 37.3 10-34 10-13 24 49 2 9 13
Orlando 119 45.1 15-38 12-14 28 65 10 8 14
Upcoming Games
  • Orlando will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Magic have a W/L % of .485 after a win and .462 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game at home against Houston. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .387 after a win and .442 after a loss.