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Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans

 

TIME: Pregame protection begins at 8:00 p.m ET.

 

NEW ORLEANS — Now that the New Orleans Pelicans have climbed to .500 for the primary time in 981 days, they definitely don’t need to cease there.
The three-Three Pelicans, winners of three of their previous 4, will host the improved Orlando Magic (Four-2) on Monday night time on the Smoothie King Heart.
New Orleans is contemporary off one in every of its most spectacular performances of the season within the opener of a three-game homestand.
Anthony Davis had 30 factors and 14 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins posted his seventh profession triple-double with 29 factors, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Jrue Vacation and E’Twaun Moore mixed for 53 factors and 9 assists in a 123-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night time.
The Pelicans, who began 1-11 in 2015 and Zero-Eight in 2016, had a season-high 33 assists on 49 made discipline targets towards the Cavs. They're displaying indicators of transferring the ball effectively in coach Alvin Gentry’s Twin Towers offense.
We're simply beginning to perceive what it takes to win video games,” Cousins mentioned. “All people on the ground is touching the ball. It’s not being caught on one aspect of the ground.
“That was form of our problem to start with, particularly when it got here to random conditions. We'd simply hold it on one aspect of the ground, and it made different groups’ job simpler to protect us. So we're understanding that and we're in a great rhythm.”
Davis returned to the lineup after lacking a lot of the earlier two video games with left knee tendinitis. He scored 10 consecutive factors in a two-minute span of the fourth quarter to place the Cavaliers away, however he was extra excited to speak about Cousins, who adopted a 41-point, 23-rebound efficiency in his return to Sacramento on Thursday night time with the triple-double.
In six video games, Cousins is averaging 32.Three factors, 13.Eight rebounds and a couple of.Three blocks per sport.
“He had a helluva week,” Davis mentioned of Cousins after the Cleveland sport. “He had an enormous sport in Sacramento, then to comply with it up with a triple-double, that's normally robust to do.
If you play in an emotional sport like that, then everyone seems to be taking a look at you to see what you’re going to do subsequent. He got here right here and put up a triple-double. I’m glad to have him on our group. We’re simply making an attempt to get this factor rolling.”
After whipping San Antonio 114-87 on Friday, the Magic fell 120-113 on the highway to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night time.
The Magic (Four-2) allowed the Hornets to shoot 54 % from the sector and had been outrebounded 59-40.
Jonathon Simmons led Orlando with 27 factors, together with seven straight within the fourth quarter, and Evan Fournier added 23.
The Pelicans and Magic cut up two conferences final 12 months, with every group profitable on its dwelling courtroom. Davis had 21 factors and 13 rebounds in a 118-98 dwelling victory on Jan. 18.
Cousins performed as soon as towards Orlando final season when he was a member of the Kings, scoring 33 factors on 60 % taking pictures. He additionally had seven rebounds, 4 assists, two steals and one block.
Magic guard Elfrid Payton, a New Orleans native, is predicted to overlook his second consecutive sport with a strained left hamstring.
After scoring not less than 114 factors in every of their first 5 video games, the Magic fell one level shy towards Charlotte.
Orlando coach Frank Vogel mentioned the three-game highway journey to face Charlotte, New Orleans and Memphis can be “an early measuring stick.”
We will’t make too many rash judgments a couple of single sport or a collection (of video games),” Vogel mentioned. “We've a really troublesome journey towards three actually good groups which can be robust to beat of their buildings and have all-star-level gamers.
It will likely be a measuring stick, however like we’ve mentioned all alongside, we’re going to maintain a fair keel regardless of the outcomes are, optimistic or destructive.”
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