Magic edge Pistons in thriller
Four players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by HTurkoglu, who continues to play well, with 26 pts on 10 of 13 shooting. DHoward added 12 pts and 15 rebs, TBattie 11 pts, and CArroyo with 10. Darko added 8 pts and 4 rebs. Jameer finished with 8 pts. Three players scored in double figures for DET; CBillups (25 pts 12/12 FTs), Tony Delk (18 pts) but who missed the potential game-tying FTs with 3 seconds left, and Tayshaun Prince (15 pts).
The Magic outscored DET 73-66 from the field on 52.9% FG shooting. DET shot 45.6%. The Pistons shot 21 of 31 from the FT line (67.7%), while the Magic shot 16 of 21 (76.2%). Magic led in rebounds 39-30, but the Pistons had the better assist-to-turnover ratio of 14-9, compared to 15-15 for the Magic. The Pistons bench outscored the Magic bench 36-24.
Granted, the Pistons were without Hamilton, but still, a great win for the Magic. Nine home wins in a row, and 11 out of 15 overall.