In a season that figures to be a year-long celebration what with the Magic (1-2) honoring their 25th anniversary season, Orlando played with great zest and energy on both ends of the floor to the delight of the 18,846 fans. Orlando led by a whopping 30 points at one point in the fourth quarter after shooting better than 60 percent most of the night. And while the Magic placed six players in double figures and made 11 3-pointers, they also held New Orleans (0-2) to a dismal 34.8 percent shooting.
The victory was a big emotional lift for a Magic team that lost in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday in Minnesota. Kevin Love hit a late 3-pointer to tie the game and Afflalo couldn’t win it in regulation before the Magic fell in overtime. Afflalo bounced back rather nicely on Friday by dominating his matchup against Eric Gordon with four 3-pointers.
Vaughn was confident that his Magic would bounce back from Wednesday’s tough loss because of the increased maturity and toughness on the roster this season.
``This is a really great overall team effort and being committed to the game plan,’’ Vaughn said. ``We were focused on our responsibilities and playing for and with each other. It was a great response after a tough loss on the road.
``We’ve got a great group and that comes from having great character in the locker room,’’ Vaughn said later. ``We have guys who will lift each other and are being positive with each other. That’s what gets you through. For us to respond to a great home crowd and give them a win that our home crowd deserves, it was pretty nice to see.’’
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