Pistons hold on to beat Magic


January 8, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, United States; Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) goes to the basket while Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) defends during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Hamidou Diallo had 17 points, six rebounds and three steals, and host the Detroit Pistons handed the Orlando Magic their eighth straight loss, 97-92, on Saturday.

Trey Lyles contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, which had lost 20 of 23 before the teams game with the worst NBA records. Saddiq Bey also had 16 points and Cade Cunningham added 12 points and five assists. Josh Jackson scored 11 points.

Gary Harris led Orlando with 28 points and Cole Anthony had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Terrence Ross added 13 points.

The Magic only shot 32.6% from the field in the first half and trailed 52-45 at the half. Bey led the Pistons with 11 points and Diallo threw nine, including a late-half dunk that gave Detroit a 10-point advantage. Harris dominated Orlando with 12 points.

Detroit led 65-57 midway through the third quarter after Bey drained a 3 point. Orlando then drove an 11-2 to take his first lead of the contest.

Harris and Jackson traded 3 points in the final minute of the quarter and the score was tied at 73 at the start of the fourth.

Lyles scored six points in the first 2.5 minutes of the fourth quarter as the Pistons gained six points. Saben Lee knocked down a 3-point with 8:36 remaining to give Detroit an eight-point advantage. The Magic scored the next seven points, including five from Harris, to reduce the Pistons’ lead to 86-85.

Diallo scored his own failure with 1:50 left to give Detroit a 93-90 advantage. Diallo missed a dunk on the Pistons’ next possession.

After two free throws from Ross, Cunningham prepared Diallo for another dunk and this one did not come out.

Ross missed a layup but Cunningham missed a 3-point try. Anthony then missed a 3-point try and Cory Joseph made two free throws.

Detroit also won the first meeting 110-103 in late October. They will play in Orlando on January 28 and March 17.

–Field level media

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