Magic rout Pelicans as disgruntled AD scores just 3 points
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 13, 2019 11:43 AM
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
By Brett Martel, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Disgruntled star Anthony Davis scored three points on 1-of-9 shooting, outplayed badly by big man Nikola Vucevic as the Orlando Magic beat the listless New Orleans Pelicans 118-88 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Davis played 24 minutes in his third game since his agent told New Orleans the six-time All-Star wanted to be traded to a championship-contending team and won't sign an extension with the Pelicans.
It was also his third game since returning from an injured left index finger. In his first game back, he had 32 points in a win over Minnesota, but he has averaged 8.5 points over the two games since.
Vucevic had 25 points and 17 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 22 points, and Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 20 points, including 16 in the first quarter, when Orlando raced to a 39-11. Aaron Gordon added 20 points for the Magic, who led by as many as 31 points and kept the lead above 20 the rest of the way en route to their fourth straight victory.
The normally up-tempo Pelicans, who came in averaging almost 116 points per game, shot 38.3 percent (36-of-94) en route to their lowest single-game point total this season.
E'Twaun Moore, who has struggled with injuries this season, scored 19 points in his first start since Jan. 22 (Jan. 23, PHL time). Jrue Holiday had 16 for the Pelicans, who briefly got as close as 14 in the middle of the second quarter but trailed by 63-46 at the half.
Magic: Outrebounded New Orleans 58-42. ... Had 32 assists on 42 made field goals. ... Combined to make 21-of-22 free throws. ... Vucevic was 10-of-18 from the field and 4-of-5 on foul shots.
Pelicans: Julius Randle scored 15 points in a little less than 22 minutes off the bench, hitting 3-of-5 three-point attempts. ... New Orleans committed 14 turnovers, leading to 22 Orlando points. ... Kenrich Williams started and played 31 minutes, but had one of his worst games, scoring just two points on 1-of-7 shooting. ... Jahlil Okafor started at center and had eight points in 29 minutes.
Magic: Host Charlotte on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Pelicans: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).