New Orleans coach Monty Williams played what will likely be his regular-season starters to open both halves, while the Magic coach Jacque Vaughn gave extended minutes to training camp signees trying to make the roster.
New Orleans led by as many as 14 in the first half, but the game was tied at halftime. But the Pelicans recovered, riding a 52 percent shooting night (35 for 67) to separate themselves down the stretch.
Manny Harris led the Magic with 12 points.
Orlando opens the regular-season Tuesday at Indiana. New Orleans hosts the Pacers on Wednesday.