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NEW ORLEANS -- Reserve guard Tyreke Evans scored 13 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and forward Anthony Davis scored 22 points, grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 100-92 victory over the Orlando Magic Sunday at the New Orleans Arena.

The Pelicans (18-25) led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, when Evans hit a 20-foot, fadeaway shot to put New Orleans up 85-75 with 8:13 left. But Orlando battled back with six straight points by guard Arron Afflalo to cut the lead to 85-81 and got within 89-86 on a jumper in the lane by forward Tobias Harris.

The Pelicans, who have won three of their last four games, iced the game with a 9-4 run, with Davis slamming home two decisive dunks. The Magic (12-33), who lost their eighth consecutive road game, were led by Afflalo with a game-high 25 points.

When Davis hit a dunk, the Pelicans led 73-60 late in the third quarter, but the Magic closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to draw within 73-69. Afflalo hit a lane jumper and a 3-pointer, and guard Jameer Nelson hit two driving layups in the final 36 seconds of the quarter.

It took Davis less than two quarters to compile his 20th double-double of the season, scoring 10 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking four shots in leading New Orleans to 54-44 halftime lead. The Pelicans led by as many as 16 points -- 52-36 -- on guard Brian Roberts' 3-pointer from the top of the key 1:58 before halftime.

But Orlando chipped into the deficit by scoring eight straight points, including five from Nelson.

The Pelicans made their first four 3-point attempts -- two by reserve forward Darius Miller -- and their bench outscored Orlando 24-2 in the first two periods. With Davis' 10 board, the Pelicans also outrebounded Orlando 23-17 in the first half.

Evans added 10 first-half points and guard Eric Gordon and Roberts had nine each for the Pelicans, who held the Magic to 41.9 percent shooting in the half. The Magic were paced by Afflalo and guard Victor Oladipo with 10 each.

NOTES: Pelicans second-year F Anthony Davis will have to wait until Thursday to see if he is named as a reserve to the All-Star team, but Pelicans coach Monty Williams said it would be an upset if the NBA's 2012 No. 1 overall pick, who is averaging 20.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, is left off the squad. "When you look at the numbers that he's put up and you look at the situations that he's been in, you would be hard to find coaches that leave him off the team,'' Williams said. ...Davis is on pace to become the first NBA player since Shaquille O'Neal in 1999-2000 to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. ... Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said Davis has made steady improvement from year one. "His ability to make the perimeter shot coupled with his length and athleticism to get to the rim make him a pretty special talent," Vaughn said. ... The Magic entered the game 2-12 in January and had lost seven consecutive road games.

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