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“Block party!” featuring Anthony Davis and Omer Asik

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By Alvaro Pena

The New Orleans Pelicans open the 2014-15 NBA regular-season with a 17-point victory against the Orlando Magic 84-101. All-star Anthony Davis and newly acquired 7-footer Omer Asik gave the hometown crowd a preview of the greatness they will bring to the Pelicans frontcourt at the Smoothie King Center.

The Pelicans seemed too had caught the first game jitters in the first quarter, their shooting percentage was under 40 and they were awful from the free throw line. The Pelicans made 15-31 free throws for the game, which is strange coming from one of the best free throw shooting teams of last season.

Davis and Asik showed their dominance in the post early in the game.

Davis, who missed his first two shots at the high post; used his length to make a steal for a two-handed dunk to give the Pel’s a 3-2 lead. He also worked hard at the boards recording 9 rebounds for the quarter.

Asik kept the game close in the first quarter by asserting his strength in the paint. He had 8 points, 6 rebounds and an impressive put back dunk that lifted the fans of their seats in cheers. Asik had no problems moving in the Pelicans offensive schemes, he actually seemed comfortable and was communicating well with the Pelicans guards on the pick-roll offense.

Davis and Asik combined for 40 points, 34 rebounds, and an amazing 14 blocks.

Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris gave the Pelicans a hard time throughout the game. He finished the night with 25 points and 8 rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and grabbed a total of 23 rebounds.

Entering the third quarter, the Magic pushed on to regained the lead. Harris continued his onslaught of scoring from the perimeter and inside the paint. But the presence of Davis and Asik in the paint made it tough for Magic to run away with the game. There was a total of 5 blocks in the third quarter, two from Asik and three from Davis.

“We just know that we’re a load in that paint,” Davis said. “Him with his big body, and me just being able to move around and funnel the ball and get rebounds. It’s a good combination. We just try to play off each other.”

At the end of the quarter, the Pelicans finally broke free with the help of sharp shooter Ryan Anderson. With a 64-61 lead, Ryan Anderson put on a show from beyond the arc. He made 3 consecutive three-point shots that pushed the Pelicans lead up to a 14-point advantage.

Anderson added 22 points and grabbed 9 boards of the bench.

In the fourth quarter the lead grew too large for the Magic to recapture. At some point the lead was up to 23 points in the fourth period.

New Orleans did not play at their best but they showed a lot of promise for the Pelicans organization.

Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday combined for 12-34 in field goals attempts and 28 points overall. It is the first game, so no worries. This Pelicans team will find some chemistry together.

The New Orleans Pelicans will face the Dallas Mavericks in a divisional game at the Smoothie King Center on this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6:00 pm central time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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