``That’s a blessing because (Erving) is one of the greats,’’ Oladipo said. ``For him, all of them to be on the sideline and watching, that was special. It’s amazing, and it’s all God’s blessing for (Erving) to say that to me. But it’s just the beginning, I’ve got a lot to learn and it’s a long season.’’

Orlando (0-1) played well early in the game and led 47-41 at the half. But New Orleans (3-0) surged ahead in the third quarter behind some strong play from power forward Anthony Davis (29 points) in the third quarter.

The Magic made a furious rally in the fourth quarter thanks to a 10-0 run that got them within two points of the lead. Trailing 93-91, the Magic twice failed to get offensive rebounds in the final 40 seconds, allowing the Pelicans to escape with the victory.