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7-17 FG | 7-10 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | +12
‘Dipo bullied his way to the rim and played great defense. Despite forcing a few contested jump shots early on, as the morning progressed, he seemed to allow the game to come to him a bit more. He also had a few shaky passes and one particularly uncharacteristic turnover, but that can be expected when you’re playing at 8 AM.
5-9 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | +9
Payton was tremendous, showing off everything he has to offer as a player. He hounded opposing guards on defense, and displayed a solid array of offensive skills on the other end. Not only was he finding teammates and showing off fantastic court vision (like his alley-oop feed to Oladipo), but he was creating for himself, having yet another efficient game offensively.
7-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 STL | 5 REB | 16 PTS | +4
Marble continues to look increasingly comfortable on the floor, spotting up and knocking down his open looks. He did force some shots and occasionally failed to make passes to open teammates, but he rebounded well and was solid on the defensive end. There’s no question he’ll get invited to the Magic’s training camp — he has a good shot to make the roster.
4-9 FG | 4-8 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -3
Gordon continued to display the type of versatility that the Magic expect from him, bringing the ball up the floor in transition and being involved in a lot of pick-and-rolls, both as the screener and as the ballhandler. He had himself a quiet game, though, despite putting up decent numbers across the board. He was also was the only starter to post a negative plus/minus.
It was a poor showing on the Pistons’ part, led by a sub-par shooting outing from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (12 points on 4-for-13 shooting). To their credit, they didn’t hang their heads and went on a big run in the fourth quarter to bring their deficit back to as little as seven, after having been down 26 points early in the game.