Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons
March 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST
Little Caesars Arena Site for Orlando and DetroitThe Orlando Magic (37-38) have fought tooth and nail over the last several weeks to finally land at the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, winning six straight games and ousting the former eighth seed Miami Heat on the road on Tuesday, 104-99. A large reason for the Magic's success this season has been some career numbers by Nikola Vucevic, and Tuesday night was no different as he led the way on both ends of the floor with a 24-point, 16-rebound double-double. Vucevic went 10-of-18 from the field and 2-of-5 from deep in the victory, while Aaron Gordon came away with a double-double of his own behind 14 points and 10 boards, going 6-of-17 from the field in the process. D.J. Augustin had 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds, making all but one of his 10 shot attempts from the charity stripe, as Jonathan Isaac finished with 19 points and three triples for an Orlando team that saw all members of its starting five log double digits. The Magic must maintain momentum down the stretch, but face some tough match-ups down the stretch, with games scheduled against the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptors, and both the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets, who have their own plans for the postseason. The Detroit Pistons (37-37) return home from a brutal five-game road trip, one that took them to the West Coast where they lost three straight games against the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, and on Tuesday night, the Denver Nuggets, 95-92. It wasn't for lake of trying from Blake Griffin, who had a double-double and once again lifted the team offensively with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 12-32 shooting from field goal range. Andre Drummond logged 17 boards to had to a 13-point night of offensive production, going 5-of-15 from the paint, while Reggie Jackson scored 17 points and dished out five assists. Wayne Ellington put up 12 points, all in the form of three-pointers, for a Pistons team that currently sits in seventh place in the East, just a half game ahead of the heat and a half game behind the sixth place Brooklyn Nets. Detroit has a similarly challenging slate heading into April, with a back-to-back series versus the Pacers and a visit from the Hornets.
Posted on: 3/28/2019 3:53 AM