NEW Orleans took advantage of a road-weary and shorthanded Orlando team, posting a season-high 38 fastbreak points, as the Pelicans zoomed past the Magic, 118-98, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
The Pelicans started pulling away in closing the first half with an 8-0 run to take a 65-52 lead at the break. Then New Orleans closed out the third quarter strong with an 8-2 blitz to take a 19-point advantage into the final frame.
Terrence Jones and Langston Galloway got the Pelicans off to a hot start in the fourth, with an 11-2 rally to give New Orleans its biggest lead, 103-75. The Magic, who were without its top scorer Evan Fournier due to an injury for the third straight game, only got as close as 20 the rest of the way.
Anthony Davis led the charge for New Orleans with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Tyreke Evans and Galloway each added 18 markers to help push the Pelicans to a 17-26 record after snapping a two-game skid.
Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton had 14 points apiece to lead Orlando, who suffered their third straight loss and fell to 17-27.