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Other than Howard, who had 10 points in the opening quarter -- six on free throws -- Orlando had trouble making shots. From late in the first quarter until several minutes into the second, Orlando was mired in a 1-of-17 shooting slump, dropping the Magic to 5-of-25 (20 percent) overall to that point.
New Orleans' lead got as big as 41-21 before the first of Redick's three 3's in the period. Orlando made five of six 3-point attempts in the latter half of the period, but could not reduce its deficit much because of Paul's continued onslaught, which included a 3 of his own and a fast break layup that he started with a steal and ended with hesitation dribble as he drove to the hoop.
Paul ended up with 26 points by halftime, at which point New Orleans led 56-43.
Notes: The Magic won the only other meeting this season at home on Christmas Day, 88-68. ... Saints players Reggie Bush and Mike McKenzie attended the game together, sitting next to Paul's brother, C.J.
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