NBA Game Recap - Orlando at Detroit
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:00 PM EST

MEM
114
IND
126
F
ORL
88
DET
103
F
BKN
108
CLE
106
F
PHI
96
TOR
101
F
CHA
100
MIA
117
F
SAC
102
BOS
103
F
MIN
125
ATL
113
F
UTA
118
MIL
122
F
POR
117
CHI
94
F
LAL
114
SA
104
F
OKC
100
GS
97
F

Detroit 103, Orlando 88

Nov 25, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Orlando (6-10)

31

24

15

18

88

Detroit (6-11)

23

30

25

25

103

Pistons shut down Magic after halftime in 103-88 win
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:06 AM

DETROIT (AP) Dwane Casey had an easy time identifying when and how his team won this game.

"I think our defense was exceptional in the second half," the Detroit coach said.

Casey shouldn't get much argument from the Orlando Magic about that. They were held to 15 points in the third quarter and 33 in the second half of Detroit's 103-88 win Monday night. Luke Kennard scored 20 points and Blake Griffin added 17 to lead the Pistons past the short-handed Magic.

Orlando was playing a second straight game without Nikola Vucevic, out with a right ankle sprain. The Magic are now 0-7 on the road this season.

"They're good defensively and they were aggressive with their coverages," Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. "I thought in the first half we did a good job; the second half we just got away from it. ... The ball has got to move."

Detroit went on an 11-0 run near the end of the third and led 78-70 at the start of the fourth. Orlando never really threatened after that. The Magic shot just 39% from the field and 8 of 25 from 3-point range.

The Pistons entered the day shooting 39.2% from beyond the arc, the second-best mark in the NBA. They were a bit below that clip Monday, going 14 of 38, but Langston Galloway and Svi Mykhailiuk made four 3-pointers each, and Kennard added three.

"When people play basketball and people play games, they get more adjusted to the game," Mykhailiuk said. "When coach trusts you, it relaxes you and gives you more freedom on the court."

Terrence Ross led Orlando with 19 points and Evan Fournier added 17. Andre Drummond had seven points and 18 rebounds for Detroit.

The Magic led by 11 early in the second quarter, but Detroit quickly erased that deficit, and Orlando led 55-53 at halftime.

"If we play the right way and lose it's one thing, but that's not what we did," Clifford said. "In this league, you pay the price."

OVERTURNED

Detroit won a coach's challenge in the fourth quarter when a foul on Mykhailiuk was changed to an offensive foul on Markelle Fultz.

Casey said he thinks the spirit of the replay system is good, although there might be room for some tweaks.

"It's tough," Casey said. "When you only have one, and it takes a timeout, and there's so many plays you want to use it on."

INJURIES

The Pistons were without point guard Reggie Jackson (lumbar stress reaction), as well as Tony Snell (left hip strain).

In addition to Vucevic, Orlando was missing forward Aaron Gordon (right ankle contusion) and guard Michael Carter-Williams (left hip irritation).

"We have taken a no-excuse approach because there really is no excuse," Orlando's Jonathan Isaac said. "We have to win these games."

TIP-INS

Magic: Isaac had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks. ... Orlando shot 5 of 21 from the field in the third quarter and 6 of 18 in the fourth.

Pistons: Mykhailiuk equaled a career high with 12 points. ... Galloway scored 12 points of his own for his 13th straight game in double figures.

UP NEXT

Magic: Visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Orlando PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Ross 19 -9 0 2 0 0
Detroit PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Kennard 20 10 7 4 1 1
B. Griffin 17 21 2 5 0 0

Team Comparison

ORL DET
Points For 88 103
Field Goals 32/84-38% 34/79-43%
Three Pointers 8/25-32% 14/38-37%
Free Throws 16/22-73% 21/25-84%
Offensive Rebounds 8 9
Defensive Rebounds 33 40
Rebounds 52 55
Blocks 7 5
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 9 13
Points Scored Off Turnovers 15 8
Points in the Paint 30 38
Fast Break Points 7 11
Personal Fouls 21 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - DET Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 25 ORL 88 @ DET 103 A. Aminu 2 D. Rose 2

Game Information

Stadium: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 14,695
Game Time: 2:09