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

Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero led the team to a 117-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans with 32 points. Franz Wagner contributed 24 points, while Moritz Wagner added 18 points for the Magic. This win marks their third straight victory, putting 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, who have lost three of their last four games, dropping 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 the game, Williamson spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench, playing only 29 minutes in total. Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando.

The Magic held a commanding lead throughout most of the game and shot an impressive 51.3% from the field. In fact, they led by as many as 20 points in the final quarter after Moritz Wagner’s free throws made it 104-84 with just two minutes left on the clock. However, New Orleans attempted a comeback and brought

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