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            === Pacers go for two straight wins against Pelicans ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Indiana Pacers will  try to go 2-0 Wednesday night
 when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans in their season-opener at New Orleans
 Arena.
 
 The Pacers, the reigning Central Division champs and a favorite to win the NBA
 title  this  season, opened Tuesday's  tilt with  the Orlando Magic, 12-0, and
 finished with a 97-87 victory.
 
 "We didn't really play a great basketball game but we were able to make enough
 plays to get out of here with a double-digit victory," said Pacers coach Frank
 Vogel. "I thought our defense in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter
 was really exceptional."
 
 The  defense was  pretty exceptional  early  on as  well. Roy  Hibbert had  12
 rebounds  in the first quarter alone, which was only five off his career-best.
 He  finished with  16 for the game,  to go with eight points and seven blocks.
 Hibbert  tweaked his knee late in the game, but he is fine and expected in the
 lineup against the Pelicans.
 
 "He's fine. He landed awkwardly, twisted his knee a little bit," Vogel said of
 his  prize center.  "Wanted to get checked  out and by the time he got checked
 out the game was in hand. He was available to return. He'll play tomorrow."
 
 The  Pacers, one  of the league's best defensive teams last season, blocked 18
 shots  on Tuesday,  which was  a new  franchise home  record and  one off  the
 overall mark established in 1979.
 
 Paul  George, armed with a new max contract extension signed in the offseason,
 scored  24 points,  grabbed  six boards  and handed  out  five assists.  Lance
 Stephenson also had a great all-around game with 19 points, seven rebounds and
 five assists.
 
 The  Pelicans start the 2013-14 season with new faces, a new name and some new
 looks in their home building.
 
 After  several  seasons as the Hornets,  which was the franchise name when the
 team  was  in Charlotte,  New Orleans  is now  known as  the Pelicans. After a
 summer  of renovations to New Orleans Arena, head coach Monty Williams elected
 to hold practice in the building on Monday.
 
 "We  just  needed to get  some shots  up," Williams said.  "I ran into that my
 first  year, where we practiced so much at the Alario Center. The guys came to
 me and said, 'We need to practice at the arena so we can get used to it.' This
 time, I decided to just beat them to the punch."
 
 The  new  faces  included  Jrue  Holiday, an  All-Star  last  season  for  the
 Philadelphia 76ers. He was traded in a package for No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel.
 
 Also  coming  south to the Big  Easy was Tyreke  Evans. The 2010 Rookie of the
 Year was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings that cost
 the  Pelicans point guard Greivis Vasquez and starting center Robin Lopez, now
 a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
 Evans is expected to come off the bench for Williams behind incumbent starters
 Holiday, Eric Gordon and Al-Farouq Aminu.
 
 The  face  of the Pelicans  is last year's No.  1 overall pick, Anthony Davis.
 He's  had a  monster preseason and the  second-year big is expected to have an
 impact season.
 
 The  Pacers have  won four straight against  the Pelicans and five of the last
 six. Indiana has taken five of its last eight on the road in this series.
 
 10/30 10:32:44 ET