NEW ORLEANS — St. Petersburg native Marreese Speights highlighted an 18-point performance by hitting five of his career-high six 3-pointers during a decisive 22-6 run, and the Magic soundly defeated the Pelicans 115-99 on Monday night.
Speights' second 3 made it 87-83 in the final minute of the third quarter. He hit four more early in the fourth, after which Orlando led 106-89.
Coming off a lopsided victory over Cleveland on Saturday, the Pelicans were unable to respond during the final seven minutes.
Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons scored 20 each for Orlando, which shot 50.6 percent (43-of-85) from the field and 47.1 percent (16-of-34) from 3-point range. Aaron Gordon added 17 points, helping the Magic bounce back from a loss at Charlotte a night earlier.
Anthony Davis had 39 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans made only 7 of 28 3-pointers overall and 3 of 18 in the second half. DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans.
Speights, a 6-foot-10 power forward, had made 3 of 9 3-pointers in the Magic's first six games.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kyrie Irving scored 24, Jaylen Brown added 18 and former Gator Al Horford had 13 rebounds to help the host Celtics beat the Spurs 108-94 for their fifth straight victory. … Jeff Teague scored 23, Andrew Wiggins scored 22 and the visiting Timberwolves scored the first six of overtime before holding on to beat the Heat 125-122. … Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 38 and Kyle O'Quinn added 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Knicks beat the Nuggets 116-110. … Ben Simmons had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Joel Embiid added 22 points to lead the visiting 76ers to a 115-107 win over the Rockets. … Kemba Walker scored 27 and keyed a fourth-quarter rally to erase a double-digit deficit as the Hornets handed the Grizzlies their first home loss of the season with a 104-99 win.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Warriors star Draymond Green took issue with being fined $25,000 for a skirmish with the Wizards' Bradley Beal, saying he was trying to protect himself from Beal and players from Washington's bench. … Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.