Denton: Magic vs. Pelicans Analysis (11/1/13)


Second-year forward Maurice Harkless, arguably the Magic’s hardest worker over the summer what with the way he re-shaped his jump shot and beefed up his body, had 20 points and eight rebounds.

Oladipo did a little bit of everything for the Magic and finished with 10 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Reserve center Kyle O’Quinn made his first five jump shots and had 14 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. And Nelson and Nikola Vucevic each added 10 points.

``We’d have liked to had that win in Minnesota, but it’s nice the way we bounced back in this one,’’ said Oladipo, who earned the first regular-season victory of his NBA career. ``We’re just growing every day. When we play hard and play together, we’re pretty good.’’

New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds, but he made just nine of 23 shots. Free-agent acquisition Tyreke Evans missed all seven of his shots and the Pelicans were without former Magic forward Ryan Anderson because of a fractured toe.



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