Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Friday, January 14th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 18th
Game 3: Friday, April 8th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 13th

Magic 94

(35-43, 12-27 away)

Pistons 103

(51-27, 30-9 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 13, 2005

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 17 21 24 3294
    DET 31 25 22 25103

    Top Performers

    Orlando: J. Nelson 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 5 Stl

    Detroit: A. McDyess 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Wallace has another 100-blocks, 100-steal season

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Ben Wallace downplayed his latest feat until he was handed a piece of paper showing the small group he joined.

    Wallace became the fifth player in NBA history to have 100 blocks and 100 steals in five straight seasons and six Detroit Pistons scored in double figures in a 103-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

    He joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Julius Erving, Sam Lacey and David Robinson as the only players to have 100 blocks and 100 steals in five consecutive seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    "That's a nice list to be a part of," said Wallace, who finished with nine points, 13 rebounds, two steals and no blocks. "It's good to have my name even mentioned with those guys."

    The Pistons have won eight in a row, matching a season high.

    Rookie Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 30 points for the Magic, who have lost five straight and 16 of 20 -- but still have a slim chance of making the playoffs.

    Orlando will be in the postseason if it closes the regular season with four wins and Philadelphia loses its last five and New Jersey beats the 76ers and loses its three other games. Or, the Magic can back into the playoffs if they finish in a three-way tie with the Nets and Philadelphia.

    "We're not even thinking about the playoffs right now," Nelson said. "We've got to find a way to just win another game somewhere."

    Pistons coach Larry Brown said Wallace's accomplishment was phenomenal.

    "He does everything you would want a player to do," said Brown, who also coached Lacey and Robinson. "Sometimes he doesn't get recognized. When this happens and you see the group he's associated with, you have to say 'Wow."

    Detroit's Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Carlos Arroyo each scored 14 points, while Antonio McDyess had 12, Rasheed Wallace 11 and Chauncey Billups 10.

    Orlando's Dwight Howard scored 17 points and Stacey Augmon added 11.

    The Pistons played their first game after clinching the Central Division and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    Detroit built a double-digit lead late in the first quarter and had little trouble maintaining it.

    Magic starting guard DeShawn Stevenson and reserve forward Pat Garrity missed the game to attend the birth of children. Kelvin Cato didn't play because of a sore back.

    Orlando's Steve Francis scored six points -- 15 below his average -- on 3-of-13 shooting.

    "They had four people waiting for me every time I got the ball. That forced me into some bad shots," Francis said. "It's tough going up against the champs with this many guys out, but I thought we hung in there."

    Brown said the Pistons were going to take their final five games seriously, though they can't change their playoff positioning, and they got off to a good start.

    Detroit had a 31-17 lead in the first quarter after shooting 73.7 percent and holding Orlando to 36.4 percent.

    "We had a great first quarter with 13 assists on 14 field goals," Brown said.

    The Pistons led 56-38 at halftime.

    Howard scored 12 points in the third quarter to help the Magic pull within 12, but they trailed 78-62 by the end of the quarter.

    Brown also said he wasn't going to adjust his rotation, but he did.

    Starters were on the bench late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth, while seldom-used reserves such as Elden Campbell, Carlos Delfino and even Darko Milicic played much more than usual. All 12 Pistons scored.

    "I've gone into the playoffs with and without minutes, but the more I get the better off I'll be," Campbell said.

    Game notes

    Nelson was 10-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-8 beyond the 3-point line. His previous season high was 22 points. ... Detroit's previous eight-game winning streak was from Feb. 10-March 1. ... Orlando's Grant Hill, out for the season with a shin injury, has played at The Palace only once (Jan. 14) since leaving the Pistons in 2000. ... The Pistons won the season series 3-1. ... The Magic are 7-19 since the All-Star break.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 103
    FGM-FGA 35-85 (.412) 36-77 (.468)
    3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 1-10 (.100)
    FTM-FTA 19-27 (.704) 30-39 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-35 14-49
    Assists 24 25
    Turnovers 11 17
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 1 5
    Fast Break Points 16 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 21

    Top Performers

    Jameer Nelson Nelson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Antonio McDyess McDyess
    Points: 12
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0