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Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana  Attendance: 15,733

Magic warming up with Pelicans next

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Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans

  1. Orlando has won five of its last seven against the Pelicans after losing seven of the previous nine. These teams have not met since December 22, 2017, a 111-97 road win by New Orleans.
  2. The Magic have won three straight games by double digits for the first time since March 26-31, 2016. The last time Orlando had a longer streak was four straight from January 3-8, 2011.
  3. New Orleans set season lows with 90 points and a .430 effective field-goal percentage in Saturday's loss at Memphis. The Pelicans are 0-11 when scoring fewer than 105 points -- the only other team that is winless in such games is Golden State (0-9).
  4. Nikola Vucevic has three straight double-doubles, and he has made at least one three-pointer in all three. Vucevic has 32 double-doubles in which he made a three this season, most in franchise history.
  5. In Sunday's win over the Hawks, Jonathan Isaac became the second player in franchise history to tally 5+ blocks and 3+ three-pointers in a game, joining Dennis Scott on January 23, 1996 (five of each).
  6. In three games since returning from a sprained ankle, Julius Randle has 64 points and 21 rebounds, all off the bench. In 23 games as a substitute, Randle is averaging 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds -- the last player to average 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds off the bench (minimum 20 games) was Detlef Schrempf in 1992-93 (20.4 points, 8.8 rebounds).

The Orlando Magic are getting hot as the All-Star break approaches.

They won their third consecutive game -- and fifth in six outings -- when they beat the Hawks 124-108 on Sunday night in Atlanta.

They will try for a sweep of their three-game road trip when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

"Playing meaningful games, it's everything," Magic guard Evan Fournier told the team's official website.

"It's really, really hard mentally when you get up every day and have to just get out there (with nothing to play for). Now, we're competitors and once you're out there, you're going to give everything. But, it's just nice to be in it at this point."

The hot streak has placed the Magic within striking distance of a playoff berth.

"I've been in the league 11 years and I've been on teams that have won, so the atmosphere and energy are just different when you are winning, point-blank, period," guard D.J. Augustin said.

Orlando began this trip with a 103-83 victory against the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, although the Bucks didn't play All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was resting a sore right knee on the back end of a back-to-back set.

The Magic fared better in their own set of back-to-backs when they beat Atlanta. Seven Orlando players scored between 10 and 19 points.

It marked the first time in nearly five years that the Magic has won road games on consecutive days.

"We've really put (together) two weeks and a few games here where we just have had more purpose and where we don't give as many possessions away," Orlando coach Steve Clifford said.

The Magic will try to sustain its momentum in New Orleans, then back home Thursday against Charlotte, which has beaten the Magic in 13 consecutive meetings, before heading into the break.

"We're playing really well defensively, and offensively we're moving the ball and playing together," Magic All-Star center Nikola Vucevic said. "Hopefully we can keep it up these last two games before the break. That would be huge for us."

The Pelicans, meanwhile, are limping toward the All-Star Break.

They defeated Minnesota, 122-117, last Friday in All-Star forward Anthony Davis' first game after a three-week absence. But they lost one night later at Memphis, 99-90.

The Grizzlies held New Orleans to its lowest point total of the season as the Pelicans lost for the seventh time in their last 10 games.

Davis, who was limited to 25 minutes against the Timberwolves in his first game back from a finger injury, played 34 minutes against Memphis and had 14 points and 16 rebounds. But he couldn't prevent New Orleans from shooting a season-worst 39.5 percent from the floor.

Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 21 points, making 7 of 13 shots. New Orleans made 6 of 33 3-point attempts.

Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans played into the slow-tempo Grizzlies' hands by over-dribbling after getting off to a fast start with quick, consistent ball movement.

"I think we had too many dribble tantrums, where we would just dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble," Gentry said. "This is not the team you do that against because they are very good at getting into the ball.

"They are very physical and we took ourselves out of what was working for us and beneficial at the start of the game -- the ball movement, the people movement -- and because of that we shot the ball poorly, because our shot selection wasn't the greatest. Even when we had the good shot we didn't shoot it in the basket."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 11, 2019

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