Denton: Magic vs. Pelicans Analysis (1/26/14)


Orlando shot a solid 46.8 percent from the floor and got to the free throw line 19 times (with 17 makes), but turnovers were another negative. The Magic booted the ball away 17 times, leading to 30 points for the injury-ravaged Pelicans.

``Three areas that hurt us were turning the ball over, letting them get to the free throw line and offensive rebounds,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``It’s extremely tough (keeping Davis off the glass) but everyone has to be involved and help us out.’’

Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 25 points, but he had six turnovers. Oladipo had 18 points and five steals – two of which he used to outrace the defense for dunks. Nelson chipped in 15 points and eight assists, while Harris – who was coming off a 28-point, 20-rebound effort against the Los Angeles Lakers – gamely went at Davis and made seven of 14 shots.

Sunday’s game was the start of a three-game road trip for the Magic. Orlando plays in suburban Detroit on Tuesday and then in Toronto on Wednesday. The Magic are back at the Amway Center on Friday to host the Milwaukee Bucks before leaving on another road trip to Boston and Indiana.

The Magic were without Vucevic for an 11th straight game because of a concussion. But the 7-footer has rejoined the team on the road trip and the hope is that he will soon be back on the floor. Orlando is 10-18 this season with Vucevic healthy, but just 2-16 in the games that he’s missed. Vucevic is averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds with 16 double-doubles.


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