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Magic vs. Pelicans: Orlando returns to action

After a nine-day layoff, Orlando returns to the court Friday to host the Pelicans.

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After a nine-day break due to NBA All-Star festivities, and a quiet trade deadline, the Orlando Magic take the court Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tipoff between Orlando and New Orleans is set for 7:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic improved to 2-2 under interim head coach James Borrego last Wednesday against the New York Knicks, topping the league's worst team by an 89-83 final. Nik Vučević dominated with 28 points and 18 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo managed 19 points in a supporting role. The Magic held New York to 34.2 percent shooting; indeed, only the Knicks' frequent trips to the foul line, where they shot 28-of-32, kept them in the game.

New Orleans' last time out: Before the All-Star Break, the Pelicans dropped their third straight game, 106-93, against the Indiana Pacers. Minus Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson, the Pelicans' offense sputtered, with Alexis Ajinça standing as the only New Orleans starter to reach double-figures. The low-octane Pacers shot 53.3 percent from the field in the victory.

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The last meeting: Orlando and New Orleans faced off to open their respective seasons on October 28th, with the host Pelicans taking an easy 101-84 win despite Tobias Harris' 25 points. Davis put his stamp on the game by tallying 26 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals, nine blocks, and no turnovers in 36 minutes; he simply overmatched everyone Orlando threw at him. Anderson came through with 22 points and nine boards off the bench against his former club. For Orlando, Vučević collected 23 rebounds, but shot just 7-of-15 for 15 points.

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