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Oladipo scores 22, Magic rally to down Pelicans 95-84

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Victor Oladipo had 22 points, Nik Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 95-84 on Friday night.

Evan Fournier added 16 points.

It marks the first time the Magic have posted back-to-back wins since Jan. 14.

Orlando trailed by four at the half, but used a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter to take control. The Magic are now 3-2 under interim coach James Borrego.

Tyreke Evans led New Orleans with 14 points and 10 assists. Anthony Davis added 13 points and 11 rebounds in his return from a right shoulder injury.

The rust showed at times for both Davis and for Ryan Anderson, who missed two games with a right elbow strain. Anderson had 13 points in 27 minutes.

Davis in particular had a sluggish start, committing all four of his turnovers in the first half, and showing moments of timidity on both ends of the floor.

The Magic took advantage, outscoring the Pelicans 64-36 in the paint.

Orlando also tried to give Davis several different defensive looks, going six players deep into their bench.

After Anderson started the fourth quarter with a jumper to tie the game at 73, the Magic scored nine straight — including seven by Willie Green — to take a 82-73 lead. It would grow as high as 89-75 with 5:19 remaining on a dunk by Oladipo.

The Pelicans didn’t get closer than nine the rest of the game.


Pelicans: Scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and 37 points in the second half. … Dropped to 10-17 on the road this season.

Magic: Vucevic has 33 double-doubles on the season. … F Tobias Harris sat out for the third straight game with a sore right knee.


Pelicans: At Miami on Saturday.

Magic: Host 76ers on Sunday.

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