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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pistons end Magic winning streak at seven

The Pistons (18-11) had five players in double figures, outshot the Magic from the field, the free throw line, outrebounded the Magic, and had the better assist/turnover ratio as the Magic (24-7) saw their seven game winning streak come to an end 88-82.

The Magic had their largest lead of the game at 12-9 in the first quarter, but trailed after one 24-19. The Pistons then extended their lead to 43-31 before settling for a 52-43 halftime lead. The Magic then came back in the third to tie the game on several occasions but the Pistons went up 70-66 at the end of three. The Magic tied the game again at 77 after a four point play by Rashard Lewis with just over six minutes remaining, but the Magic then went four minutes without scoring as the Pistons took an eight point lead en route to the 88-82 win.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 23 points (6 of 12 three point field goals), 6 assists
Dwight Howard: 18 points (7 of 15 field goals), 18 rebounds, 3 blocks
Hedo Turkoglu: 14 points (6 of 12 field goals), 8 assists, 5 rebounds

Detroit leading scorers

Rodney Stuckey: 19 points
Tayshaun Prince: 16 points
Rasheed Wallace: 16 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: DET 42.1% (32 of 76) ORL 40.3% (31 of 77)
3 PT FG%: DET 45.5% (5 of 11) ORL 40.7% (11 of 27)
FT%: DET 65.5% (19 of 29) ORL 64.3% (9 of 14)
REB: DET 43 (11 offensive) ORL 36 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: DET 17/4 ORL 20/9

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic outscored the Pistons 73-69 from the field but the ten free throws made advantage by the Pistons was the difference
-The Pistons' starting guards, Stuckey and Iverson, outscored the Magic starting guards, Bogans and Nelson, 34-16
-Nelson also did not have any assists, and was limited to 29 minutes due to foul trouble
-Howard was limited to one first half point but scored 17 in the second half
-Turkoglu and Lewis combined for 37 points (only 13 in the second half), 14 assists, and 8 rebounds
-The Magic reserves shot a combined 5 for 17 from the field
-Mickael Pietrus led the reserves with five points before coming out in the second quarter due to a hard fall on his back and wrist after a dunk
-Antonio McDyess of the Pistons scored as many points himself as the whole Magic bench with 11, and added 8 rebounds and 5 assists
-The Magic used a ten man rotation, with Foyle and Redick not seeing action

The Magic will play a New Year's Eve matinee in Chicago, as they did in 2007.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Well nothing new. Were still the little brother to the pistons. Rasheed continues to give dwight fits with his defense and three point shooting. Tayshaun does whatever he wants against us because hedo plays no defense. Jameer's recent shooting touch left him which doesnt surprise me looking at the opponent. Our bench wasnt much help and the score board showed that,they seem to always outplay our guys and pretty much lock us down. Good thing is its only one game,but detroit still looks at us as the little brother.

  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I have to also say that i dont like the current rotation at center. Yes marcin played well when injuries came up,but battie had been the back-up center and was playing very well to start the season. Now SVG is giving more minutes to marcin (nothing wrong with that)but trying to play battie as a back-up PF along side howard. Sometimes against big teams that can work,but last night obviously with detroit having mcdyess and maxiell being so athletic it was a bad match-up for tony. I'd like to see him back in his back-up center role and use cook more at back-up PF.

  • At 7:16 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Just goes to show how important Nelson is to the Magic. The last three weeks or so, he's been averaging 20 pts a game; if he gets that against the Pistons, the Magic win. As it turned out, he didn't even get into double figures, with not even an assist.

    The Magic will definitely have to employ a different game plan next time against the Pistons, as the Pistons willed their game on the Magic.

    I give the Pistons credit, too, for besting the Magic in most statistical categories, and for committing only four turnovers the whole game.


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