The Orlando Magic have had their hands full all season away from home. But few players gave them as much trouble as Anthony Davis did Sunday night.
Davis made the 100th game of his NBA career something for him and the New Orleans Pelicans to remember as his 22 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots sent the Magic to a 100-92 defeat.
Despite getting 25 points from Arron Afflalo, the Magic fell to 3-19 on the road with their eighth consecutive loss away from home. They got to within four points of the lead twice in the fourth quarter before the Pelicans pulled away, largely behind the play of Tyreke Evans.
While Davis was a presence all night long, it was Evans who led the Pelicans in scoring with 23 points off their bench. Thirteen of those came in the fourth quarter. By contrast, the Magic got only eight points from their non-starters, with six of those coming from E’Twaun Moore.
Tobias Harris followed up his 28-point, 20-rebound game Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers by scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Victor Oladipo had 18 points and tied his career high in steals with five, while Jameer Nelson finished with 15 points and eight assists.
The Pelicans began the second quarter by outscoring the Magic 11-2 to take a 15-point lead. The Magic trailed 54-44 at halftime.
Although the Magic had a turnover-free third quarter which allowed them to whittle away at the Pelicansâ lead, they wound up committing 17 turnovers. Afflalo was guilty of six of them.
THE TURNING POINT
Up 90-86 with less than four minutes to go, the Pelicans scored on four consecutive possessions. The last of those baskets was a thunderous dunk by Davis.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Davis had 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots by halftime. His seven blocks were one shy of the season high by a Magic opponent, set by DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Magic finished with only four offensive rebounds, with no player grabbing more than one.
Tuesday night at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Florida).