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Vucevic stars for Magic

Nikola Vucevic, slamming into Pelicans forward Anthony Davis while taking a shot in the first half, finishes with 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Magic to a 104-89 victory.

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Nikola Vucevic, slamming into Pelicans forward Anthony Davis while taking a shot in the first half, finishes with 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Magic to a 104-89 victory.

ORLANDO — Nik Vucevic had 28 points and matched his career high with seven assists, leading the Magic to a 104-89 victory over the Pelicans on Monday night.

Evan Fournier had 20 points, Tobias Harris 14 and Andrew Nicholson 13 for the Magic, which used a pair of surges early in the third and fourth quarters to pull away.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 20 points and eight rebounds. Norris Cole scored 17 and Tyreke Evans had 16 points and eight assists.

Nicholson entered at the start of the fourth quarter and scored 11 in the first five minutes. The Magic hit its first five shots of the quarter, including consecutive 3-pointers from Nicholson and Mario Hezonja to bump an 11-point lead to 87-69.

Jason Smith's 18-footer with 9:36 to go finished the 12-4 run, and the Magic coasted the rest of the way.

The fourth-quarter surge mimicked a third-quarter run when Orlando built its first big lead.

Fournier hit three straight shots and Vucevic added two jumpers as the Magic continually exploited the pick-and-roll game against a disorganized Pelicans defense.

Fournier's last shot, a 3-pointer, finished off a 15-6 run to start the second half and gave Orlando a 65-52 lead five minutes into the third quarter.

New Orleans trailed 75-60 when Davis went down after a midair collision with Magic guard Victor Oladipo. Davis was defending the rim when Oladipo blew past his defender at the 3-point line and soared unimpeded at Davis, sending the Pelicans' power forward crumbling.

Davis left the court and went into the locker room before returning with just less than eight minutes left in the game. He didn't score again and the Pelicans had nowhere else to turn for someone to start a rally.

Vucevic and Davis had a 1-on-1 contest in the first half, ultimately won by Vucevic and Orlando, which led 50-46 at halftime. The Magic center had 16 points on a mixture of driving layups and 18-foot jumpers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kemba Walker scored 18 of his 38 in the fourth quarter, and the host Hornets defeated the Lakers 108-98 in Kobe Bryant's final game against the team that drafted him — and promptly traded him — nearly 20 years ago. … Monta Ellis scored 26 and the host Pacers beat Atlanta 93-87, ending the Hawks' six-game winning streak. With Indiana leading by three, Ellis pulled up for a 3-point attempt with 16 seconds left. The ball bounced off the rim, but Ian Mahinmi was waiting for a tip-in that gave the Pacers a five-point lead. … Chris Paul scored 23, reserve Jamal Crawford added 21 and the visiting Clippers again overcame Blake Griffin's absence, beating the Wizards 108-91. Los Angeles got 54 points from its substitutes in its third straight win and second since Griffin was ruled out for at least two weeks with a quadriceps strain.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The NBA suspended Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes two games without pay for what the league said was a "physical altercation" with Derek Fisher and for "threatening" the Knicks coach on Oct. 3 in Redondo Beach, Calif. Barnes and Fisher were teammates with the Lakers from 2010-12. . … The Suns, losers of 15 of their past 20 games, fired assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting. Nate Bjorkgren was promoted to take Longabardi's job as defensive coordinator. Assistant Earl Watson also was promoted to a bench coach position. … Jonas Valanciunas returned to the Raptors after missing 17 games with a broken left hand.

Magic 104, Pelicans 89

NEW ORLEANS (89): Gee 1-3 0-0 2, Davis 9-16 2-5 20, Asik 1-2 0-2 2, Evans 6-12 2-2 16, E.Gordon 1-6 0-0 3, Holiday 4-10 2-2 11, Anderson 1-8 1-1 3, Cole 8-14 0-0 17, Perkins 2-3 0-0 4, Cunningham 2-6 0-0 4, Ajinca 2-2 3-3 7, Douglas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-83 10-15 89.

ORLANDO (104): Harris 5-8 3-3 14, Frye 1-4 0-0 3, Vucevic 14-21 0-1 28, Payton 3-5 0-0 6, Fournier 7-12 3-3 20, Oladipo 2-7 0-0 4, Smith 2-3 0-0 4, Hezonja 2-5 0-0 5, A.Gordon 3-5 1-1 7, Nicholson 6-10 0-3 13, Dedmon 0-0 0-0 0, Napier 0-2 0-0 0, Marble 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-82 7-11 104.

New Orleans 23 23 18 25— 89

Orlando 25 25 25 29— 104

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 5-20 (Evans 2-2, Holiday 1-2, Cole 1-2, E.Gordon 1-5, Gee 0-1, Cunningham 0-2, Davis 0-2, Anderson 0-4), Orlando 7-17 (Fournier 3-4, Harris 1-2, Nicholson 1-2, Hezonja 1-3, Frye 1-3, Oladipo 0-1, A.Gordon 0-1, Vucevic 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 48 (Cole, Davis 8), Orlando 44 (Harris 9). AssistsNew Orleans 23 (Evans 8), Orlando 28 (Vucevic 7). Total FoulsNew Orleans 15, Orlando 14. TechnicalsSmith, Orlando defensive three second. A17,606 (18,500).

Pacers 93, Hawks 87

ATLANTA (87): Bazemore 2-6 2-2 8, Millsap 9-17 4-5 24, Horford 5-11 0-2 10, Teague 3-9 11-14 18, Korver 1-9 0-0 2, Sefolosha 6-8 2-2 14, Scott 1-2 0-0 2, Schroder 2-8 0-0 4, Patterson 2-3 0-0 5, Muscala 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-74 19-25 87.

INDIANA (93): George 3-14 1-2 9, Allen 1-6 0-0 2, Mahinmi 5-8 3-5 13, G.Hill 3-9 1-2 8, Ellis 10-20 2-2 26, J.Hill 4-7 1-5 9, Stuckey 2-7 2-2 6, S.Hill 5-10 0-0 10, Budinger 5-6 0-0 10. Totals 38-87 10-18 93.

Atlanta 27 13 28 19— 87

Indiana 21 31 22 19— 93

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 6-25 (Bazemore 2-4, Millsap 2-5, Patterson 1-1, Teague 1-2, Sefolosha 0-1, Horford 0-1, Scott 0-1, Schroder 0-2, Korver 0-8), Indiana 7-26 (Ellis 4-9, George 2-8, G.Hill 1-4, Stuckey 0-1, Budinger 0-1, S.Hill 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 54 (Horford 10), Indiana 52 (Mahinmi 9). AssistsAtlanta 16 (Bazemore 6), Indiana 9 (George 3). Total FoulsAtlanta 16, Indiana 20. A18,165 (18,165).

Hornets 108, Lakers 98

L.A. LAKERS (98): Bryant 5-20 7-8 20, Nance Jr. 6-7 0-0 12, Hibbert 4-7 0-0 8, Clarkson 2-14 3-4 8, L.Williams 4-13 2-2 11, Russell 2-5 1-2 5, Randle 4-8 2-2 11, Bass 5-5 2-2 12, Young 3-6 2-3 11. Totals 35-85 19-23 98.

CHARLOTTE (108): Hairston 5-12 1-1 13, M.Williams 1-4 0-0 2, Zeller 8-10 0-2 16, Walker 14-25 7-7 38, Batum 7-17 1-2 15, Lin 5-10 2-3 13, Kaminsky 1-4 4-4 6, Jefferson 1-4 1-2 3, Lamb 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 43-89 16-22 108.

L.A. Lakers 26 32 23 17— 98

Charlotte 31 27 27 23— 108

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 9-29 (Young 3-4, Bryant 3-12, Randle 1-1, Clarkson 1-4, L.Williams 1-5, Russell 0-3), Charlotte 6-25 (Walker 3-6, Hairston 2-6, Lin 1-3, Lamb 0-1, Kaminsky 0-1, M.Williams 0-2, Batum 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 52 (Hibbert 8), Charlotte 54 (M.Williams 11). AssistsL.A. Lakers 24 (L.Williams 7), Charlotte 28 (Batum 11). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 17, Charlotte 16. A19,632 (19,077).

Clippers 108, Wizards 91

L.A. CLIPPERS (108): Mbah a Moute 0-1 0-0 0, Pierce 4-7 0-0 9, Jordan 6-6 3-6 15, Paul 9-20 4-4 23, Redick 3-8 0-0 7, Johnson 5-8 3-4 14, Crawford 9-12 0-0 21, Rivers 1-4 2-3 4, Prigioni 1-1 0-0 2, Aldrich 3-9 7-8 13, Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0, Dawson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-78 19-25 108.

WASHINGTON (91): Oubre Jr. 2-6 0-0 5, Dudley 0-3 0-0 0, Gortat 5-13 2-2 12, Wall 10-23 2-3 23, Temple 2-9 2-4 6, Porter 8-12 2-4 21, Sessions 4-10 4-7 12, Eddie 2-7 2-2 8, Humphries 1-4 2-2 4, Blair 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-87 16-24 91.

L.A. Clippers 34 25 27 22— 108

Washington 20 26 25 20— 91

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 7-23 (Crawford 3-5, Pierce 1-3, Redick 1-4, Johnson 1-4, Paul 1-5, Rivers 0-2), Washington 7-24 (Porter 3-5, Eddie 2-7, Wall 1-2, Oubre Jr. 1-2, Dudley 0-1, Sessions 0-1, Humphries 0-2, Temple 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 49 (Jordan 13), Washington 55 (Gortat 16). AssistsL.A. Clippers 23 (Paul 7), Washington 19 (Wall 11). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 18, Washington 18. TechnicalsPaul, L.A. Clippers defensive three second, Washington defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Sessions. A20,356 (20,308).

Vucevic stars for Magic 12/28/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2015 10:29pm]
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