AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic pulled away late to beat the Detroit Pistons 107-93 Monday night.
Nikola Vucevic finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, which had all five starters in double figures.
The Pistons, playing their fifth game in seven nights, were led by Caron Butler, who had 20 points, and Brandon Jennings, who scored 18. But their frontcourt trio of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for only 25 points on 10-of-28 shooting.
Detroit struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting only 42.5 percent, and weren’t able to get the ball inside with any regularity. However, they dominated the glass, grabbing a third of their own misses and all but one of Orlando’s, which let them take a 52-49 lead.
The Magic started the third with a 10-0 run before Jennings hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game, and things got worse for Detroit when Drummond picked up three fouls in the first 4:32 of the half.
Butler came off the bench to score 13 points to help Detroit regain the lead late in the period. The Magic got hot again at the start of the fourth, scoring 10 points on their first four possessions to take an 88-80 lead. Harris had seven in the run, while Frye hit his fourth 3-pointer of the half.
The Pistons got back into the game, but couldn’t stop Harris, who added another 3-pointer to make it 101-90 with three minutes left.
Orlando: Aaron Gordon, the fourth pick in this summer’s draft, missed the game after breaking his foot Saturday. Gordon is out indefinitely, but will be evaluated by team doctors Tuesday when the team returns home. … Channing Frye only played 11 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, but hit three 3-pointers in Orlando’s quick start to the third quarter.
Detroit: Jennings got his night off to a quick start, converting a four-point play in the first quarter after being fouled by Elfrid Payton on a corner three. … Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy showed his displeasure with Jonas Jerebko in the second quarter, grabbing him by the front of the jersey while barking at him during a timeout.
Orlando: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.
Detroit: Hosts the Suns on Wednesday.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.