``What I told our guys at the end was, `Keep believing in how good we are,’’’ Vaughn said following Wednesday’s 120-115 overtimes loss in Minnesota. ``We’re a good team, facing two opponents with their home-openers. We had a two-point game in Indiana going into the fourth quarter and we came here (to Minnesota) with a chance to win. … There were a lot of good things to come out of this.’’

After serving as the opponent for two home-openers, the Magic will get a home-opener of their own at the Amway Center on Friday. The franchise has a host of events planned in the pregame as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary season. Also, former Magic all-star Tracy McGrady – a native of nearby Auburndale who grew up dreaming of someday playing for Orlando – will be honored as the team begins to bring several of its legendary players back to Central Florida.

Vaughn is hoping that by Friday night his team will be over the frustration of losing in Indiana and Minnesota and in a festive mode for the Amway Center opener. He said the resolve that the Magic showed throughout Wednesday’s hard-fought overtime loss will come through and the team will respond against the Pelicans.



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