Magic's offensive woes continue in loss to Pistons
The Pistons pulled away in the second half after leading by just 1 at the half. Rasheed Wallace (26 pts) and Rip Hamilton (23 pts) led the way. Ben Wallace (10 rebs) and Billups (14 assists) also had solid games. Only 3 Magic players (Howard, Turkoglu, and Stevenson) scored in double figures, led by Howard (19 pts 17 rebs). Howard grabbed 12 of those boards in the first qr, setting a Magic record for most boards in a quarter. The Magic, even though they outshot DET 45.6% to 40.5%, were outscored from the field 78-63. The key stat here is that DET was 10 of 22 from 3 pt range, while the Magic were a mere 1 of 5 (why didn't Diener play?). The Magic were also woeful from the FT line, shooting a laughable 52.6% on 10 of 19 FT (Howard, Battie, and Stevenson shot a combined 2 of 10). DET was held to 6 of 9. Once again, the bench had a poor game, as Dooling and Garrity scored only 13 pts on 5 of 17 shooting. Augmon was the only other reserve to see action, as he scored 2 pts in just 3 minutes. The Pistons bench also scored 15 pts.
Perhaps the most telling stat as to how poorly the Magic offensively played is this: only 10 assists the whole game, compared to 17 TOs; that's how badly they're struggling on offense. The Pistons had a whopping 26 assists to just 11 TOs. Francis had his third straight game of scoring under 10 pts (9 pts on 4 of 12 shooting). Howard and Turkoglu combined for 11 TOs. Again, BHill has no clue on how to use the bench. What an ugly loss in front of a sellout crowd.