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Magic Triumphs over Pelicans in Thrilling NBA Matchup; Paolo Banchero’s Dunk Seals Victory, Zion Williamson Injured

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Paolo Banchero drops 32 points as Magic triumph over Pelicans 117-108

Paolo Banchero led the Orlando Magic to a thrilling 117-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans with 32 points. The win was their third straight and put them half a game ahead of the New York Knicks for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, 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 the Magic, who shot an impressive 51.3% from the field. The Magic held a commanding 20-point lead in the fourth quarter after Moritz Wagner’s free throws made it 104-84.

New Orleans attempted a comeback, bringing the score to 112-106 with just over two minutes left in regulation time. However, Banchero’s dunk with just seconds remaining sealed victory for Orlando. Three Pelicans players – Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III, and Dyson Daniels – were ejected from the game for making offensive remarks to officials during what was already an intense matchup between two teams fighting for playoff spots.

Banchero has now scored 30 or more points in a game ten times this season and has proven himself as an integral part of Orlando’s offense as they continue their push towards securing a spot in next season’s NBA Playoffs.

The Magic will face off against Charlotte Hornets next while Pelicans will host San Antonio Spurs to conclude their six-game homestand.

In conclusion, Paolo Banchero led Orlando Magic to another win against New Orleans Pelicans with his impressive performance that included scoring 32 points and sealing victory with his dunk in regulation time. This marks their third straight victory and puts them one step closer to securing a spot in next season’s NBA Playoffs while also having three players ejected during this matchup due to making offensive remarks towards officials.

By Samantha Jones

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