Magic 110, Pelicans 90

Tim Povtak, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Veteran Aaron Afflalo scored 30 points and Maurice Harkless had 20 as the Orlando Magic celebrated their home opener by burying the New Orleans Pelicans 110-90 on Friday night.
The Magic led almost from start to finish for their first victory after two earlier losses. The Pelicans, who had beaten the Magic twice during the exhibition schedule, offered little resistance after the first quarter. They remain winless going into Saturday's game against Charlotte.
Anthony Davis, the No. 1 pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, led the Pelicans with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Jrue Holiday, acquired this summer from Philadelphia to be the starting point guard, had 17 points and five assists.
Afflalo, who scored 28 points in Wednesday's loss at Minnesota, made 10 of 14 shots from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range against the Pelicans.
Harkless, who scored only two points on Wednesday, had 16 points in the first half.
The Magic (1-2) led by two points after the first quarter, by 18 after the second and by 25 after the third. They led by 30 early in the fourth quarter when they still were shooting better than 60 percent from the field.
The Magic ended any suspense in the third quarter when they built a 27-point lead. Afflalo had 15 points in the quarter and the Magic took a 85-60 lead into the fourth.
The Magic, who shot the fewest free throws in the league last season, made 21 of 27 free throws.
After a woeful aim in the first half, the Pelicans hit their first six shots from the field in the third quarter, but they fell asleep defensively and failed to cut into the Magic's early lead.
The Magic led 53-35 at intermission after closing the second quarter with a 10-2 run. Harkless had 16 points and hit all six of his free throws free throws in the first half.
Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson sparked the Magic early with two 3-pointers in the first three minutes.
Harkless had 12 points in the second quarter when the Magic outscored the Pelicans 31-15.
The Pelicans were dreadful through much of the first half, making only 15 of 49 shots from the field (30.6 percent) and 2 of 4 free throws.
The Magic play the Nets in Orlando on Sunday.
NOTES: The Magic were without veteran C-F Solomon Jones, who sustained a torn meniscus in his left knee on Wednesday night in an overtime loss to Minnesota. He is expected to be out for four to five weeks. Jones was a surprise addition to the roster this season, but he played 37 minutes combined in the first two games. Although he finished the overtime against Minnesota, he believes the injury occurred in the second quarter. ... The Pelicans were without F Ryan Anderson, who sustained a fracture in his right second toe on Monday. He missed the opener on Wednesday and is expected to be out for another three weeks. ... The Pelicans started the season with a roster that had the fewest average games of NBA experience per player (3.6). "We're just like the Magic, a young team trying to get better," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "But I'm excited about the potential." ... To kick off their 25th season in the NBA, the Magic honored former star Tracy McGrady with a presentation in the second quarter. The Magic plan to honor their former stars throughout this anniversary season. McGrady, who grew up in central Florida, played four seasons with the Magic and averaged a franchise-high 28.1 points. He also holds the franchise scoring record for a game with 62 points against Washington.

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