Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Friday, November 2nd
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Magic92
Game 2: Monday, January 21st
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Magic102
Game 3: Friday, January 25th
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Pistons101
Game 4: Tuesday, February 19th
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Pistons85

Magic 103

(34-21, 20-10 away)

Pistons 85

(39-14, 21-5 home)

    Coverage: FSDT

    7:30 PM ET, February 19, 2008

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 20 32 31 20103
    DET 25 20 17 2385

    Top Performers

    Orlando: R. Lewis 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Detroit: R. Stuckey 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Magic give Pistons hard time as Detroit has win streak snapped

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A blowout at the Palace of Auburn Hills is nothing new.

    The surprise Tuesday night was that it was the Pistons getting routed. Detroit trailed the Orlando Magic by as many as 26 points and its 10-game winning streak was snapped with a 103-85 loss.

    "I certainly didn't foresee that happening," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "A lot has to go right for us to beat the Pistons like that, especially on a night when Dwight Howard scores eight points and Hedo Turkoglu goes 4-for-13."

    Detroit extended its win streak to double digits with a lopsided victory over Indiana on Feb. 13, but knew it would be tough to keep its intensity through the All-Star break.

    "You hate having a break when you are on a winning streak, because it messes with your momentum," said Chauncey Billups. "That's not an excuse, because we feel like we should have come in here and played better than that. No one likes losing like this."

    The Pistons looked fine early in the game. On the first possession, Rasheed Wallace blocked a dunk attempt by Howard, his All-Star teammate and the new dunk champion.

    Detroit, though, couldn't stop Orlando's outside game. The Magic shot 65 percent on 3-pointers in the game, hitting 13-of-20.

    "We started the game saying we didn't want to let Dwight dunk, but you can't take away dunks and 3-pointers," Billups said. "You've got to give up something. They got hot and stayed hot."

    The Magic outscored Detroit 63-37 over the second and third periods, shooting 56 percent and holding the Pistons to 24 percent.

    "We played a good second quarter and a great third quarter," Van Gundy said. "We knocked down a lot of shots, but it was our defense that stepped up."

    Howard didn't have a great statistical night, but Van Gundy felt he was the difference in the game, especially in Detroit's 17-point third quarter.

    "Dwight had eight points and eight rebounds, and there's been other nights when he's gone 20-20, but this might have been his best game of the season," he said. "In the third quarter, he made it virtually impossible for Detroit to get any offense going inside. He changed every shot."

    Howard said that his 2-of-9 shooting night, starting with Wallace's blocked dunk in the first 20 seconds, spurred him to a better night defensively.

    "I wasn't able to get anything going offensively, so I knew I needed to pick it up on the other end," he said. "I guess it worked."

    The Magic had been the last team to beat Detroit, winning 102-100 at home on Jan. 21. The Pistons avenged the loss four days later, but couldn't do it again Tuesday.

    "We should have played harder than this," said Detroit coach Flip Saunders. "We didn't need to come out and lay an egg like that in the second half."

    Even though they are the only team to beat Detroit in the last month, and they've now done it twice, Van Gundy doesn't think the Magic will have any advantage in a possible postseason matchup.

    "This is big for our guys, because we know how good that team is," he said. "But this is only the regular season. Detroit has been through the wars, and we'll have to play at a much higher level than this to beat them in the playoffs."

    Former Piston Maurice Evans added 16 points for the Magic, including eight in a 14-3 run that helped Orlando put the game away in the third quarter. Orlando finished with six players in double figures.

    Rookie Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 16 points, but only two of Detroit's starters scored 10 or more. Richard Hamilton had 12 and Wallace 10.

    Game notes


    The band Bon Jovi was in attendance, one night before performing at the Palace, and was honored as part of the arena's 20th anniversary celebration. ... Chauncey Billups, Detroit's third All-Star, finished with nine points on 3-of-13 shooting. ... Stuckey has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ORL
    DET
    Points 103 85
    FGM-FGA 36-74 (.486) 32-83 (.386)
    3PM-3PA 13-20 (.650) 2-14 (.143)
    FTM-FTA 18-23 (.783) 19-25 (.760)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-17 9-24
    Assists 18 17
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 6 8
    Fast Break Points 10 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 26 7

    Top Performers

    Orlando
    Detroit
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Rodney Stuckey Stuckey
    Points: 16
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0