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Paolo Banchero drops 32 points as Magic triumph over Pelicans 117-108

In a thrilling game, Paolo Banchero led the Orlando Magic to a 117-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans with an impressive 32-point performance. Franz Wagner contributed 24 points and Moritz Wagner added 18 points for the Magic. This win marks their third straight victory, putting 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 and dropped 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 play most of the fourth quarter, Williamson spent only 29 minutes on court in total.

Wendell Carter Jr. also played a crucial role in Orlando’s win, contributing 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. They shot an impressive 51.3% from the field as they held a commanding 20-point lead in the fourth quarter after Moritz Wagner’s free throws made it 104-84. Despite making a comeback attempt that brought them within six points with just over two minutes left in regulation time, New Orleans could not overcome Orlando’s defense or Banchero’s dunk that sealed their fate with only seconds remaining on clock.

The Pelicans were dealt another blow as three players – Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III and Dyson Daniels – were ejected from the game following controversial remarks made to officials during playtime. Banchero has been instrumental in all three of Orlando’s recent victories, having scored at least 30 points each time out so far this season and securing yet another win for his team with his latest impressive performance against New Orleans.

Orlando will now face off against Charlotte Hornets next while New Orleans will host San Antonio Spurs to conclude their six-game homestand.

Banchero has now scored at least 30 points in nine games this season and is quickly becoming one of Orlando’s top scorers this season.

As he celebrated his team’s victory over New Orleans Pelicans last night, Paolo Banchero was ecstatic about what had just transpired on court.

“It was an intense game,” said Banchero after scoring an astounding number of points (32) during their win against New Orleans Pelicans.

Banchero was joined by Franz Wagner (24) and Moritz Wagner (18), who also played crucial roles in helping Orlando secure its third straight victory over New Orleans with a final score of

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