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                    === Magic, Pelicans clash in Orlando ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Orlando Magic will try get in the win column Friday
 night when they stage their home-opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
 
 The Magic opened the 2013-14 NBA campaign with a 97-87 loss in Indianapolis to
 the  Pacers Tuesday.  The following  night, Orlando  fell in  overtime to  the
 Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-115, at the Target Center.
 
 The  setback  to the Wolves  was especially disappointing. Orlando fought back
 the  entire game  after falling 11 behind after the opening quarter. The Magic
 won every remaining quarter and held a three-point lead with 12 seconds to go.
 
 Minnesota's  Kevin  Love buried  the tying bucket  to force overtime, although
 Arron  Afflalo had a chance to win it in regulation. The T'Wolves pummeled the
 Magic in overtime to send Orlando to an 0-2 start.
 
 "It  hurts even  more when you feel like  you've got the game won and all that
 we've  been  through last  season and  trying to do  better this season," said
 Afflalo, who led the Magic with 28 points. "We've got to start capitalizing on
 these types of games."
 
 Nikola  Vucevic  had a  monster  game  against Minny  with  22  points and  16
 rebounds.  Jameer  Nelson (18),  rookie Victor  Oladipo (14), Andrew Nicholson
 (13)  and E'Twaun Moore (10) also scored in double digits.
 
 Magic  coach  Jacque Vaughn cautioned his  team, which finished with the worst
 record in the NBA last season, not to panic.
 
 "There  were a lot  of good things from us on the road," Vaughn said after the
 Wolves  loss. "I'm going  to keep believing in them two games into the year. I
 told  our  guys, 'Keep  believing how  good that  we are.'  We're a good team,
 facing  two opponents  with their  home-openers. We  had a  two-point game  in
 Indiana  going into the  fourth quarter and we came here tonight with a chance
 to win."
 
 The  Pelicans can  sympathize with the Magic. They lost their season-opener to
 the Pacers on Wednesday in the Big Easy.
 
 New  Orleans took  a seven-point lead into the final frame, but surrendered 36
 points in the fourth to lose, 95-90.
 
 "I  just  didn't think  we had  an understanding  of the  moment in the fourth
 quarter,"  said Pelicans  coach Monty  Williams. "I  thought that  was like  a
 playoff game tonight. We didn't have the execution in the fourth quarter."
 
 The  Pelicans  were led by  Eric Gordon's 25 points  and Jrue Holiday, who was
 acquired  in the  offseason, added 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
 Anthony  Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, netted 20 points, grabbed 12
 boards  and  blocked three shots for  the Pelicans, who shot 45.5 percent from
 long range.
 
 New  Orleans  missed sharp-shooter Ryan  Anderson, who  will miss one to three
 weeks with a chip fracture in the second toe on his right foot.
 
 The  teams split their two meetings last season with each squad winning on the
 other's court. New Orleans has taken two straight at the Amway Center.
 
 11/01 10:52:30 ET