Pelicans run past Magic 101-82

Brian Roberts scored 21 points and Eric Gordon added 12 to lead

the New Orleans Pelicans to a 101-82 rout of the Orlando Magic on

Friday night.

New Orleans coach Monty Williams played what will likely be his

regular-season starters to open both halves, while the Magic coach

Jacque Vaughn gave extended minutes to training camp signees trying

to make the roster.

New Orleans led by as many as 14 in the first half, but the game

was tied at halftime. But the Pelicans recovered, riding a 52

percent shooting night (35 for 67) to separate themselves down the

stretch.

Manny Harris led the Magic with 12 points, but was one of four

players the Magic cut after the game to trim their roster. Also

waived were forwards Romero Osby, Kris Joseph and center Mickell

Gladness.

The roster now stands at 15 players, though the team is trying

to buyout veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu’s contract.

Orlando opens the regular-season Tuesday at Indiana. New Orleans

hosts the Pacers on Wednesday.