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Pelicans hand Magic seventh straight loss, 111-97

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans were encouraged by holding an opponent under 100 points, even though it was the struggling Orlando Magic.

DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the Pelicans never trailed Friday night in a 111-97 win over Orlando.

Anthony Davis added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 24 points for New Orleans, which had given up 108 points or more in 12 straight games, including eight losses.

''When we defend, it gives us a chance to get out and run,'' Davis said. ''When guys get looks in rhythm, they get easy looks at the rim. If we defend, nine times out of ten we're going to have a great game offensively.''

The loss was the seventh straight for the Magic, who have not led at any point in their last three games.

Jonathon Simmons led the Magic with 22 points. Nikola Vucevic added 21, and Elfrid Payton had 18 points and six assists.

The Pelicans (16-16) shot 50 percent and had a 48-40 rebounding advantage.

Playing without three of their top six scorers, the Magic shot 4-for-20 from 3-point range.

''We don't have a lot of good shooters in our lineup, so our shooters have to hit shots,'' Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ''They didn't tonight.''

Davis made 9 of 11 shots and scored 18 points while leading New Orleans to a 60-50 lead at the end of a first half in which the Magic were called for four technical fouls.

Holiday and E'Twaun Moore hit 3-pointers as the Pelicans opened the game with a 9-0 run, and they led by 18 early in the second quarter.

Simmons' layup early in the second half reduced New Orleans' lead to seven, but Holiday and Cousins answered with 3-pointers and the Pelicans pulled away to a lead that reached 27 in the fourth quarter.

''Some of our best players are out, but we have to find a way to compete and stay close in games,'' Vucevic said.

Marreese Speights, who came off the bench with six 3-pointers in Orlando's victory at New Orleans on Oct. 30, got his first start for the Magic (11-22). He scored seven points in 17 foul-plagued minutes.

WORST DEFENSE IS A BAD OFFENSE

The game was a matchup of two of the NBA's poorest defensive teams, although Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry believes the ranking is misleading. ''Our biggest defensive problem is our offense,'' he said. ''The toughest thing to defend in this league is the live turnover.''

TIP-INS

Pelicans: No starter played more than Cousins' 32 minutes, 45 seconds. ... G Rajon Rondo, who did not play in the Pelicans' earlier loss to the Magic, had eight assists in 23 minutes.

Magic: The Magic used its 13th starting lineup of the season. ''We don't have our starting lineup available to us, so we have to look at different combinations,'' Vogel said. ... F Aaron Gordon, F Jonathan Isaac, G Evan Fournier and G Terrence Ross did not play and are doubtful for Saturday night.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Saturday night's game at Miami will complete a four-game trip.

Magic: Play at Washington Saturday night, the first of four games against the Wizards.

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Key Players
D. Cousins
0 C
N. Vucevic
9 C
30.8 Min. Per Game 30.8
17.8 Pts. Per Game 17.8
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
9.6 Reb. Per Game 9.6
47.5 Field Goal % 49.2
47.0 Three Point % 49.5
73.6 Free Throw % 83.3
  Defensive rebound by Dante Cunningham 0:20
  Mario Hezonja missed jump shot 0:24
  Traveling violation turnover on Cheick Diallo 0:33
+ 3 Mario Hezonja made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamel Artis 0:54
  Traveling violation turnover on Charles Cooke 1:06
+ 2 Mario Hezonja made jump shot 1:23
+ 2 Cheick Diallo made jump shot, assist by Jameer Nelson 1:35
+ 1 Mario Hezonja made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:49
+ 1 Mario Hezonja made 1st of 2 free throws 1:49
  Shooting foul on Jameer Nelson 1:49
  Defensive rebound by Shelvin Mack 1:55
Team Stats
Points 111 97
Field Goals 43-86 (50.0%) 36-85 (42.4%)
3-Pointers 10-30 (33.3%) 4-20 (20.0%)
Free Throws 15-24 (62.5%) 21-29 (72.4%)
Total Rebounds 57 52
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 37 30
Team 9 12
Assists 23 16
Steals 10 7
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 15 14
Fouls 25 19
Technicals 1 5
26 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST
22 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 16-16 32282823111
home team logo Magic 11-22 2030222597
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 16-16 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Magic 11-22 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Cousins C PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Simmons SF 13.9 PPG 3.5 RPG 2.5 APG 46.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Cousins C 26 PTS 11 REB 6 AST
J. Simmons SF 22 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
50.0 FG% 42.4
33.3 3PT FG% 20.0
62.5 FT% 72.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Cousins 32 26 11 6 3 0 4 5 9/16 0/3 8/11 2 9 48 +12
J. Holiday 29 24 2 2 3 1 2 1 10/15 3/6 1/2 0 2 32 +11
A. Davis 30 20 11 0 1 1 0 3 10/14 0/1 0/1 2 9 33 +17
R. Rondo 23 6 3 8 0 0 2 2 2/6 0/2 2/2 1 2 23 +4
E. Moore 20 6 2 1 2 0 1 3 2/6 2/4 0/3 2 0 11 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Cousins 32 26 11 6 3 0 4 5 9/16 0/3 8/11 2 9 48 +12
J. Holiday 29 24 2 2 3 1 2 1 10/15 3/6 1/2 0 2 32 +11
A. Davis 30 20 11 0 1 1 0 3 10/14 0/1 0/1 2 9 33 +17
R. Rondo 23 6 3 8 0 0 2 2 2/6 0/2 2/2 1 2 23 +4
E. Moore 20 6 2 1 2 0 1 3 2/6 2/4 0/3 2 0 11 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Miller 26 9 2 2 0 0 2 3 3/7 3/7 0/0 0 2 13 +20
I. Clark 18 6 1 1 1 0 0 2 2/6 0/1 2/3 0 1 10 +6
C. Diallo 6 6 3 0 0 0 1 2 2/3 0/0 2/2 1 2 8 -11
D. Cunningham 26 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 2/7 1/2 0/0 3 4 12 +10
J. Nelson 20 3 6 3 0 0 2 4 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 6 13 +2
C. Cooke 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -13
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 48 23 10 2 15 25 43/86 10/30 15/24 11 37 202 +70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Simmons 30 22 8 2 1 0 1 4 10/15 1/4 1/1 0 8 34 -8
N. Vucevic 27 21 8 2 2 0 3 2 7/20 0/3 7/8 5 3 32 -26
E. Payton 28 18 5 6 0 0 4 1 8/13 0/0 2/4 2 3 31 -9
M. Speights 17 7 1 0 0 0 1 4 2/8 2/6 1/2 0 1 7 +1
D. Augustin 29 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 2/3 1 2 6 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Simmons 30 22 8 2 1 0 1 4 10/15 1/4 1/1 0 8 34 -8
N. Vucevic 27 21 8 2 2 0 3 2 7/20 0/3 7/8 5 3 32 -26
E. Payton 28 18 5 6 0 0 4 1 8/13 0/0 2/4 2 3 31 -9
M. Speights 17 7 1 0 0 0 1 4 2/8 2/6 1/2 0 1 7 +1
D. Augustin 29 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 2/3 1 2 6 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Hezonja 20 11 4 1 2 0 0 1 4/10 1/3 2/2 0 4 19 +1
W. Iwundu 15 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 1/2 0 2 10 +6
A. Payne 13 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 0 2 6 -2
A. Afflalo 11 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 2/2 0 0 3 -20
B. Biyombo 16 2 4 1 0 2 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 3 9 -2
J. Artis 12 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/1 1 0 5 +2
S. Mack 16 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 0/3 0/1 1/2 0 2 2 +1
E. Fournier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 97 40 16 7 2 14 19 36/85 4/20 21/29 10 30 164 -70