The Orlando Magic exhibited superior court spacing and ball movement Monday night, dishing out 33 assists in a 107-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons. The loss moves Pistons to 3-8 on the season.
The Pistons once again opened sharp, on the heels of another outstanding opening quarter performance from Brandon Jennings. Jennings poured in 12 points in the first frame, connecting on three three-pointers. As has often been the case early this season, the Pistons opposition provided an answer. Orlando bruised and battled their way back into the contest, trailing by just three at half.
After Orlando opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run, a hot-shooting Caron Butler kept the Pistons within striking distance. Detroit trailed by just two entering the fourth, and a late offensive emergence from Andre Drummond was able to stem the tide momentarily. However, at the end of the day, Orlando’s supreme passing and shooting spell Detroit’s demise. All 11 players who saw time on Orlando’s side finished with at least one assist, led by Evan Fournier’s eight.
Butler led all Pistons scorers tonight with 20 points off the bench. Andre Drummond, absent offensively for much of the contest, came alive in the fourth, completing two three-point plays. He finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Magic rising star center Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win.
Key Notes & Observations
- Both teams were gunning from the arc tonight. Orlando connected on half of their attempts (13 of 26) while the Pistons “only” hit .458% (11-24)
- Andre Drummond went the entire first half without committing a personal foul. He then opened the third by committing four personal fouls in a 2 minute 23 second stretch. He sat the remainder of the quarter.
- Josh Smith Jumpshot Update: Smith had a quiet game offensively. He attempted three shots outside the paint, all three pointers (he made none). Silver lining, they often came at the end of the shot clock, where he had little choice other than to hoist.
Next Game: Wednesday, Nov. 17; Phoenix Suns @ Pistons: 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit