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Defense Helps Magic To Victory Over Pistons

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic’s defense stole the show in the final 6 minutes and the overtime session as they defeated the Detroit Pistons by the score of 115-106 in overtime at Amway Center Friday night. Lead by Aaron Gordon, who had game high of 29 points and 13 rebounds, the Magic held the Pistons to one field goal made in the final 11 minutes of the game.

Detroit missed 17 of their last 18 shots during that time. The only made basket was a breakaway dunk by James Ennis III that tied the game at 104. That dunk also sent the game into overtime. The Magic had a chance at the end of regulation to win the game, but Nikola Vucevic threw an errant pass which ended up in the hands of Ennis III.

“I did, it’s all we talked about for the last 48 hours and I did see improvement during that stretch. You know, they missed a couple open looks throughout that stretch, but for the most part, the defensive intensity was really good and I think we were really committed to getting a W tonight.”- Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel on his team’s defensive effort over the final 11 minutes of the game

Rookie Jonathan Isaac, who played his first game since before Christmas, tipped Detroit’s end bound pass forcing overtime. In overtime, Evan Fournier caught fire. Evan started the game 3-11 shooting, hit one huge three-pointer late in regulation and knocked another one to cap off his 7 points he scored in overtime.

“I don’t know. I’m just upset about my overall performance tonight and when I had the opportunity to knock down the shot to go up two [points], I was just in the moment, like I always say. I didn’t think about my misses or the bad plays I made. It went in and I kind of gained confidence on it. In overtime, it was just time to be aggressive.” – Magic Guard Evan Fournier on his overall game against the Pistons

Even though Isaac was on a minute restriction in his first game back in over 2 months, he was all over the court making most of his impact on the defensive side of the ball. He finished with 2 steals, 2 rebounds and a few defected passes.

“Tonight was amazing. Our team chemistry and just how hard everybody played; I felt a great energy with us and guys just really wanted to win. That was great and of course, I have butterflies every game, but they started to go away as the game went on.”- Magic Forward Jonathan Issac on his return to the Magic

Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 10 rebounds and D.J Augustin had a season-high 20 points and 9 assists in the game for Orlando. Orlando will have another home game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday Night before traveling for a five-game, nine-day West Coast road trip next week.

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Danny Thompson is a sports contributor or Florida National News. | info@floridanationalnews.com

 

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