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7-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 BLK | 23 REB | 15 PTS | -3
If it wasn’t for Anthony Davis’ historic night in the Pelicans’ season home opener, more people would be marveling at Vucevic’s stat line. Instead, Vucevic’s performance was a footnote in a Magic loss. And even though Vucevic played well, almost posting a 20-20 game, he had his hands full dealing with Omer Asik (14 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 blocks).
9-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 STL | 8 REB | 25 PTS | -4
With the October 31 deadline approaching, Harris is doing everything he can to get the most money possible in his contract extension. The question is whether or not the Magic will be able to reach a deal with Harris in time — the two sides are reportedly far apart. Harris had an injury scare with his left knee last night, but it ended up being cramps.
3-11 FG | 2-4 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -13
With Victor Oladipo nursing a sprained MCL and facial fracture, Fournier started at shooting guard and performed decently enough. His jump shot was off, but he was able to squeeze out 11 points on 11 shots by making two 3-pointers and getting to the free throw line. More importantly, let’s take the time to admire Fournier’s hair. It’s beautiful.
5-8 FG | 1-2 3P | 1 BLK | 3 REB | 11 PTS | -18
Even though Gordon didn’t start, unlike his rookie teammate Elfrid Payton, he got plenty of playing time and had some flashes of brilliance. Most surprisingly, Gordon’s jump shot looked good. He made a left corner 3 early in the second quarter on a catch-and-shoot opportunity and showed soft touch on his fadeaway jumpers. It remains to be seen if his shooting is sustainable.
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Davis became the second player in NBA history to finish a game with 26 points, 17 rebounds, 9 blocks, and 3 steals. The only other player to accomplish that feat was Hakeem Olajuwon (four times). Outside of Davis’ otherworldly performance, the Pelicans won this game by dominating the paint (64 points in the paint) and the offensive glass (26 offensive rebounds).