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Jan 29

Grades: Detroit Pistons 103, Orlando Magic 87

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Detroit Pistons 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
6-12 FG | 1-3 3P | 1 STL | 3 REB | 14 PTS | -15

After a relatively quiet first half, Afflalo was finally able to make his presence felt offensively in the third quarter. He making several midrange jump shots early in the period and helped the Magic cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 61-55 midway through the third. But the Pistons responded by going on a big run and Afflalo sat the entire fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

Victor Oladipo
7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -10

Stat of the night: Oladipo scored or assisted on Orlando’s final 20 points. Even though the game turned into a blowout in the fourth quarter and head coach Jacque Vaughn emptied the bench, Oladipo (who was replaced by Jason Maxiell in the starting lineup to better match up with Detroit) kept playing hard. That’s been his modus operandi all season long.

Tobias Harris
4-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -17

After having an easy time against Ryan Kelly on Friday, culminating in his first career 20-20 game, Harris’ individual matchups have gotten a lot harder in the Magic’s last two games. First it was Anthony Davis, then it was Josh Smith. Like with Davis, Harris had difficulty at times trying to score over the outstretched arms of Smith on the perimeter.

Jameer Nelson
3-9 FG | 3-6 3P | 2 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | -8

Nelson didn’t have much of an impact in this game. He had six points and five assists in the first quarter, doing a good job of scoring and distributing the basketball. But Nelson’s level of play flatlined in the second and third quarters (he even picked up a technical foul along the way), and like Afflalo, he didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

Detroit Pistons

This was a bad matchup for the Magic and Vaughn knew it. Which is why, with Nikola Vucevic out (concussion), he swapped out Oladipo for Maxiell in the starting lineup to try to combat the Pistons’ size advantage. It didn’t work. Detroit lorded over the paint, dominating the rebounding battle and making it difficult for Orlando to score at the rim.