April 23, 2024 3:15 pm
Paolo Banchero drops 32 points as Magic triumph over Pelicans 117-108

In a thrilling matchup, Paolo Banchero led the Orlando Magic to a 117-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans with 32 points. The Magic’s offense was bolstered by Franz Wagner, who scored 24 points, and Moritz Wagner, who added 18 points. This win marked their third straight victory and put them half a game ahead of the New York Knicks for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

On the other hand, CJ McCollum recorded 36 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who have lost three of their last four games and dropped from fourth to sixth place in the Western Conference. Zion Williamson had a scary moment during the game when Gary Harris unintentionally tripped him, causing him to briefly leave the game. Despite returning to play, Williamson spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench due to injury and played only 29 minutes in total. Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, who shot an impressive 51.3% from the field.

The Magic held a commanding lead throughout most of the game but faced a comeback attempt by New Orleans in the final quarter when they brought it to within two points with just over a minute left on the clock. However, Banchero’s dunk sealed victory for Orlando with just seconds remaining on the clock. Three Pelicans players were ejected from

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