It was another lackadaisical performance but the Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Detroit Pistons by the score of 90-79. For three quarters, the Magic were in cruise control and only led by three points heading into the fourth quarter. Yet Orlando was able to flip the switch, as they say, in the last period and put the Pistons away in a decisive manner. Rashard Lewis led the way for the Magic with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Dwight Howard had a quiet game for his standards, finishing with nine points, 14 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. In fact, it was a combination of Mickael Pietrus and J.J. Redick coming off the bench to combine for 23 points, including 5-of-11 shooting from three-point range, that gave Orlando just enough oomph offensively to come away with a victory.
Needless to say, the first quarter was a bit of a disaster for the Magic.
Not sure what the deal is but Orlando is not learning their lesson about playing inferior opponents with a lack of energy and effort. Detroit was running circles around their familiar foe, jumping out to an 18-6 lead that was sparked by a 14-0 scoring run. It got so bad that head coach Stan Van Gundy was forced to take two timeouts in the span of less than six minutes and berate his players.