Magic provide little resistance in loss to DET
The Magic were led by DHoward with 26 pts on 11 of 15 FGs and 15 rebs; JNelson 14 pts on 3 of 9 FGs; GHill 10 pts; and CArroyo off the bench with 9 pts. DMilicic, in his return to DET for the first time since last season's trade, scored just 7 pts with 7 rebs. DET had a balanced effort, led by Chris Webber and Rip Hamilton who each scored 18 pts; Chauncey Billups 17 pts; Antonio McDyess off the bench with 14 pts; and Lindsey Hunter also off the bench with 13 pts.
DET (39 of 75, 52%) outscored the Magic (31 of 66, 47%) from the floor 83-64. DET made 5 of 17 3 pt FGs, while the Magic hit on just 2 of 9. DET (27 of 33) shot FTs much better than the Magic (24 of 39). DET won the rebounding battle 36-35. The Magic committed 22 TOs to just 13 TOs for DET. DET had a superior AST/TO ratio of 27-13, compared to 16/22 for the Magic. The DET bench easily outscored the Magic bench 45-25.
A forgettable effort for the Magic. Coach Brian Hill after the game: "We were beaten in all facets of the game tonight. Once we came out of the first quarter, we didn't play very well."