Magic shoot past Pelicans for first win of 2013-14 season


Joshua C. Cruey / Orlando Sentinel / MCT

Arron Afflalo (right) drives to the basket against New Orleans’ Anthony Davis on Friday night.

Arron Afflalo was the cornerstone of the Orlando Magic’s 110-90 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Friday night at the Amway Center, scoring 30 points in the team’s first home game of the season.

“It was just a great overall team efforts, just really committed to the game plan,” said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn during the post game interview. “Focused on responsibilities and really sharing the basketball and playing with each other.

“It was a great response after a tough lost on the road.”

The Magic’s stifling defense seemed impenetrable for the Pelicans offense, New Orleans shot 34.6 percent from the field, truly a horrific display of shooting.

There was no answer for Afflalo on Friday, knocking down open shots while hailing a barrage of three-pointers, making 3-4 attempts.

Anthony Davis managed to score 26 points while picking up 17 rebounds, but his efforts wasn’t enough to save his team from damnation.

“It was tough.They just worked hard. They outworked us and were knocking down shots.” New Orleans’ Eric Gordon said after the game.

Orlando exposed the Pelicans defense and was raging havoc beyond the three-point line shooting 11-22.

The Magic’s largest lead over New Orleans was 30 points, a strong impression was needed to be made during home season opener, a blowout is nothing short of the that accomplishment.

“To protect our home court is the big emphasis this year,” said Afflalo after the game. “So to come out tonight and perform well as a team in front of our home court was really good.”

Efficiency was the impede of success tonight for the Magic, shooting 55.7 percent from the field, and 50 percent from behind the arc.

Orlando’s next game will be played at home on Sunday, Nov. 3 against the Brooklyn Nets. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Amway Center.