Pistons stop skid with 103-87 win over Magic
- Article by: NOAH TRISTER
- Associated Press
- January 28, 2014 - 9:15 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Andre Drummond had 13 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak with a 103-87 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
Drummond bounced back from a poor outing at Dallas over the weekend, and the Pistons led comfortably throughout the second half. Detroit has struggled to close out games at home this season, but this time the Pistons turned a double-digit lead into a rout.
Brandon Jennings had 20 points and eight assists for Detroit, and Josh Smith added 16 points. Victor Oladipo scored 19 points for the Magic.
Detroit finished with 17 offensive rebounds — 12 in the first half — and outscored Orlando 44-22 in the paint.
The Magic started former Piston Jason Maxiell for this game, giving themselves a little more size against Detroit's imposing front line. It was no use. Drummond, Smith and Greg Monroe went a combined 17 for 30 from the field. Monroe finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Drummond had only four points against Dallas, and he had a scary start in this one. He stayed down for a bit holding his left leg with 6:34 left in the first quarter — after his shoe came off during a scramble near the basket.
Drummond was able to walk off the court, and he was back in the game almost immediately. His putback gave Detroit a 12-11 lead. Maxiell missed a dunk at the other end, and although the Magic led by two after the first quarter, Detroit controlled the second to take a 53-43 halftime lead.
Monroe's layup off a pass from Smith capped a 9-0 run that gave the Pistons a 70-55 lead in the third. It was 78-60 at the end of the quarter.
Detroit was only 7-5 at home when leading after three quarters, but there would be no late collapse in this one. Jennings connected from beyond the arc to make it 85-63, and the Pistons led by as many as 26.
NOTES: Rodney Stuckey scored 13 for the Pistons, leaving him with 6,005 points for his career. ... Maxiell had two points and one rebound in 14 minutes. ... Tobias Harris and Arron Afflalo had 14 points each for Orlando. ... The Magic's Maurice Harkless missed all six of his free throws. ... Orlando's Jameer Nelson went 3 of 9 from the field and was called for an early technical foul. He finished with 11 points and seven assists.
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