In a complete performance, Anthony Davis put up 22 points and recorded 19 rebounds and 7 blocks to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Orlando Magic, 100-92. The Pelicans shot 37-81 (45.7%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 16 boards. This is only the third win for New Orleans (18-25) in its last 10 games.
Davis went 9-21 and converted 4-6 from the free throw line. He added 3 assists as well. Tyreke Evans contributed 23 points and 7 rebounds for New Orleans as well. Arron Afflalo had another strong performance for Orlando despite the loss, scoring 25 points on 9-14 shooting (1-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-8 from the free throw line. Jameer Nelson added 15 points and 8 assists.
The Magic dished out 15 assists versus 16 turnovers, a ratio of just .94. They are winless (0-5) on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Pelicans, on the other hand, are undefeated (6-0) when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
This drops Orlando (12-33) to 1-1 against New Orleans on the year.
Coming up next, the Pelicans take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 16-28 on the year. The Magic match up with the Detroit Pistons, currently 17-26 this season. The Pelicans are 1-0 versus Cleveland this season. The Magic have a 1-0 record against Detroit this season.