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9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 BLK | 13 REB | 18 PTS | +11
Vucevic showed off a little bit of everything in his repertoire offensively. He was making midrange jumpers, hook shots with both hands, and offensive rebound putbacks — his specialty. The Pelicans tried defending Vucevic with Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca, and even Ryan Anderson, and none of them were able to slow down Vucevic, let alone stop him from scoring with ease.
11-18 FG | 0-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +5
It was layups galore for Oladipo, who shot 7-for-9 at the rim. The Pelicans could not stop Oladipo from attacking the rim, whether it was off the dribble or on off-ball cuts. Oladipo even showed off his in-between game, as he was able to make all three floaters that he attempted. But perhaps his best play of the night was when he emphatically blocked Asik.
7-16 FG | 2-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +19
Starting in place of an injured Tobias Harris (bruised right knee), Fournier reminded Magic fans that he can be a very productive player when he gets extended minutes. He was a team-high plus-19 and made a positive impact with his scoring. Fournier showed off his ability to make contested layups by contorting his body in the paint.
4-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 11 AST | 10 PTS | +8
Payton is the first player under the age of 21 to have 11 assists, 7 rebounds, and 0 turnovers in a game in NBA history. He’s also just the third player ever under 21 to have an 11 assist-0 turnover game. Both stats are courtesy of Zach Oliver of Orlando Pinstriped Post. Needless to say, Payton had himself a game against New Orleans.
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What’s more surprising? That the Pelicans scored 84 points, despite ranking 7th in offensive efficiency entering Friday night’s game — with the caveat that Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his right leg . Or that Anthony Davis, who’s been the best player in the NBA this season, finished with only 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks.