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The Orlando Magic, fifth in the Eastern Conference and on a four-game winning streak, defeated the New Orleans Pelicans (who are fifth in the Western Conference) 121-106 on Thursday as Brandon Ingram suffered a knee injury.

The Orlando Magic continued their fine run in the NBA regular season on Thursday. The franchise won at home against the New Orleans Pelicans, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped as a result. 

Trailing 28-23 at the end of the first quarter, Orlando took control of the game with a 34-20 run in the second. The Magic then extended their lead and resisted a comeback by breaking away again at the end of the third quarter, a period they ended with 95-75 lead. 

New Orleans responded well at the start of the fourth, outscoring Orlando 10-0 in less than two minutes. But the Magic rallied again to secure victory this time. And with it, they moved up one place in the Eastern Conference standings to fourth, just behind New York, who were beaten by Denver 113-100.

Jalen Suggs was Orlando’s —and the game’s—leading scorer with 22 points on 7/14 shooting, including 3-for-eight from behind the arc. Paolo Banchero recorded a triple-double (20 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists) while playing 33 minutes, and Franz Wagner contributed 18 points in the victory. 

For the Pelicans, Trey Murphy came off the bench to score 21 points, while Zion Williamson scored 20 (8/15 shooting), playing 29 minutes. CJ McCollum was also active (18 pts). However, New Orleans was without Brandon Ingram at the start of the third quarter due to a left knee injury.

The Louisiana franchise remains fifth in its conference. They will play again on Friday, at the Miami Heat. The Orlando Magic return to NBA action on Saturday, at home to the Sacramento Kings.

This post is originally from L’Équipe