Paolo Banchero drops 32 points as Magic triumph over Pelicans 117-108

In a thrilling matchup between the Orlando Magic and the New Orleans Pelicans, Paolo Banchero led the way for Orlando in a 117-108 victory. Banchero scored an impressive 32 points, while Franz Wagner contributed 24 points and Moritz Wagner added 18 points for the Magic. This win marks their third straight victory and leaves 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. However, their recent form has been poor, with losses in three out of their last four games dropping them from fourth to sixth place in the Western Conference. During the game, Zion Williamson had a scary moment when Gary Harris unintentionally tripped him, causing Williamson to briefly leave the game. Despite returning to play most of the fourth quarter, Williamson only managed to play 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, with Moritz Wagner’s free throws making it 104-84 in favor of Orlando in the fourth quarter. However, New Orleans attempted a comeback late on, reducing the margin to just six points with just over half a minute left on the clock. Banchero’s dunk sealed victory for Orlando as they finished off their opponents with a final score of 117-108. Unfortunately for New Orleans, three players were ejected from

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