The Orlando Magic lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 100-92 on Sunday.
Against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Magic forward Tobias Harris could do no wrong against the Lakers as he had a significant athletic advantage over Lakers forward Ryan Kelly. Harris played another solid game on Sunday as he scored 17 points. However, he was simply outplayed by Anthony Davis on Sunday
Here are the three takeaways from the Magic loss to the Pelicans.
No match for Anthony Davis
The Orlando Magic had no answer for Pelicans forward Anthony Davis as he dominated on both offense and defense. Davis nearly had a triple-double with 22 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks. His presence in the paint forced the Magic to attempt difficult shots and was a positive influence to the rest of the Pelicans defensively. The Pelicans forced the Magic to turn the ball over 17 times.
Tyreke Evans comes alive
The Magic had to come back from large deficits multiple times during the game. The Pelicans had as much as a 16 point lead over the Magic. However, the Magic were resilient and kept fighting back to make the game competitive in the 4th quarter. If it weren’t for the efforts of Davis and Tyreke Evans the Magic might have been able to pull off the come back. Evans scored a team-high 23 points, 13 of those points came in the 4th quarter when the Pelicans needed it the most.
Arron Afflalo makes it competitive
Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo did everything he could to put the Magic in position to steal the game from the Pelicans. Afflalo led all players in scoring with 25 points and was once again incredibly efficient. He shot an outstanding 64.3 percent from the field on 9-for-14 shooting.
The next game for the Magic will be against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. In the only match up between the two teams so far this season, on Dec. 27, the Magic defeated the Pistons 109-92 in Orlando. Tip off from The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit is set for 7:30 p.m.