ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Andre’ Drummond wasn’t about to let his team lose a sixth straight game in a row. He scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 103-96. Drummond finished 10 for 16 from the floor and was dominating on the glass all night long.
Drummond kept the Pistons in the game in the opening quarter by scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds to only keep the deficit to five. But in the second quarter, the Pistons bench became the story. The bench jump started the Pistons’ first comeback. Led by Langston Galloway, Detroit not only erased Orlando’s lead, but turned it into their own seven-point lead at the half. Andre’s eight offensive rebounds for the game were two more than the entire Orlando Magic team, which had six combined.
The starters for the Magic in the second half not only regained the lead, but had Detroit down by 11 after Terrance Ross hit a three to make the score 78-67. But after a few substitutions, Detroit went on an 18-2 run to go up by seven midway through the fourth quarter. The closest Orlando got to taking the lead was when Aaron Gordon caught an alley-oop from D.J. Augustin to make it a one-point game.
“There were two situations. We had a 25-4 run or whatever it was in the first half and 20 to something run in the second half. So those two runs were resilient. We dug ourselves a hole. The second unit came in and did an excellent job of really getting us back in the game. It was no genius. It was about playing hard. It was about competing our butts off and working. That’s what this game’s about. We’re not going to come out and out-talent anybody in the league. Nobody can in the NBA right now. It’s so equal. There’s parity everywhere. One thing we can do if we’re not making shots, we better play hard. And that’s what we did tonight to get this game.”- Detroit Pistons Head Coach Dwayne Casey on his team’s effort after trailing
After Nikola Vucevic committed his fifth foul of the game and sent Blake Griffin to the foul line, Detroit went on a 9-0 run and Orlando didn’t score again until Gordon’s three-pointer with 15.6 seconds left in the game. Griffin finished with 20 points and Stanley Johnson had 13 points and six rebounds off the bench for Detroit.
The Magic were led by Evan Fournier, who scored 27 points; Augustin, who had 16 points and seven assists; and Gordon, who had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Orlando returns to the Amway Center court on Friday night as Dwight Howard returns with his new team the Washington Wizards at 7pm.
Danny Thompson is a sports reporter for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org