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
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
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
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.