Magic (5-2), Pelicans (3-4)
If there was skepticism that Orlando’s surprisingly fast start to the season is a mirage, you probably couldn’t find many non-believers late Monday in the Smoothie King Center. The Magic broke open a close game early in the fourth quarter with a barrage of three-pointers, led by reserve Mo Speights, who almost singlehandedly lifted Orlando to a commanding lead. Speights made little impact in the first half on either end of the floor, but the man dubbed “Mo Buckets” shot 5/7 on threes after intermission.
The Magic’s lead was just 87-84 through three quarters, but the visitors started the fourth quarter with an 11-0 spurt.
New Orleans’ Anthony Davis finished with a big scoring, dropping in 39 points, to go with 10 rebounds and three blocks, but no other Pelican contributed more than a dozen points. New Orleans shot 56.8 percent in the first half, but cooled significantly in the final 24 minutes.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Orlando’s Jonathon Simmons sank a three-pointer from the left side, giving the Magic a 111-94 lead with four-plus minutes remaining. About two minutes later, New Orleans made mass substitutions, taking out multiple starters with the margin still 17 points.