Monday, December 16, 2019
The New Orleans Pelicans are in danger of setting a new franchise record for longest losing streak at twelve. They will hope to avoid doing that as they host the Orlando Magic tonight at the Smoothie King Center. The last time they won a game was nearly a month ago against the Phoenix Suns.
The Magic, on the other hand, are coming off a 130-107 loss against the Houston Rockets. Tonight’s game will mark the first of a four-game road trip where they will need luck as they won only three of their eleven road games this season. This will be the first of two times that the Magic and Pelicans will meet up this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Pelicans and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 37 times in the past as the Pelicans won 18 games while the Florida team grabbed 19 victories.
-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 49.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 22.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Wes Iwundu (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 31.8 FG%, 8.3 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 75.0 FG%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 33.3 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
New Orleans Pelicans:
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 6.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.1 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Nicolo Melli (coach’s decision; 5.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-E’Twaun Moore (coach’s decision; 9.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 8.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 61.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The game would be slightly competitive in the first half as the Magic shot forty-four percent from the field while the Pelicans shot fifty-five percent. Former 76ers’ center Nikola Vucevic dropped 11 points which held a three-pointer. Evan Fournier also had 11 points while burying two three-pointers in the process.
Both Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac contributed with six points in the fifteen minutes they played together. Fultz was able to record one rebound and three assists while Isaac had seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer before the first period ended.
As for the Louisiana ball club, J.J. Redick warmed up with 15 points which included three shots from beyond the arc. He also had one rebound, two assists, and a block to go along with it while Jrue Holiday came through with 13 points. Holiday, who was able to drill two three-pointers, also recorded two defensive rebounds, five assists, and one block.
North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram was able to chalk up six points while grabbing three, giving out one assist and committing one steal. Derrick Favors was limited to just two points while Kenrich Williams was held scoreless. Josh Hart played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Florida team went into halftime with a 58-57 lead.
The Orlando Magic would close things out in the second half as they went on a 72-62 scoring run, shooting sixty percent from the field. During that run, Isaac scored 15 more points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, committing one steal, and blocking one shot. Both Aaron Gordon and Fournier dropped five points each while D.J. Augustin scored seven points off the bench.
On the other end of the court, Holiday and Ingram combined for 31 points. Holiday was able to bury two three-pointers while Ingram dropped three of them. Josh Hart played the most minutes off the bench as he gave 15 more points but it wouldn’t help as the Magic came away with a 130-119 victory. Jonathan Isaac finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Orlando Magic will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (25.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (15-11) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up during this season.
The New Orleans Pelicans will face Spencer Dinwiddie (20.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 APG, 43.0 FG%, 30.7 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (13-12) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on November 4 when the Pelicans fell to the Nets, 135-125. Kyrie Irving finished that game with 39 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals while Brandon Ingram had 40 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.