Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Tuesday, November 3rd
Game 2: Friday, November 6th
Game 3: Sunday, January 31st
Game 4: Wednesday, February 17th

Magic 80

(3-1, 2-1 away)

Pistons 85

(2-2, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: FSDT

    7:30 PM ET, November 3, 2009

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 14 27 19 2080
    DET 19 19 22 2585

    Top Performers

    Orl: M. Barnes 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Det: B. Gordon 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Gordon leads way as Pistons hand Magic first loss despite no Prince, Hamilton

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons realized in the preseason that they might have found something in the small, speedy guard combination of Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum.

    Tuesday, they discovered they were right.

    With Tayshaun Prince (back) missing his first game in six years and Richard Hamilton (ankle) also sidelined, the Pistons got 63 points from Gordon, Stuckey and Bynum in a 85-80 victory over the Orlando Magic.

    Fast Facts

    • The Pistons beat the Magic for the fourth straight time and the 17th time in their last 21 meetings.

    • Rodney Stuckey had 20 points and nine rebounds, with the rebounds being a new career high.

    • Vince Carter (15 points) now has scored 16 points or fewer in each of his games this season, while Dwight Howard (eight points, five rebounds, six fouls) recorded his fewest rebounds since Dec. 27, 2008.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "A victory like this is sweet -- there's no question about it," rookie Pistons coach John Kuester said. "Our guys did a great job of controlling the pace, getting the ball from one side of the court to the other and coming up with big plays. You always miss guys who play such an intricate part of what you do, but it is great to see other guys step up."

    With the smaller lineup and their reliance on getting to the basket -- the Pistons only had two first-half assists and just one in the fourth quarter -- they knew that Dwight Howard's defensive presence could wreck any chance they had of winning.

    The Pistons, though, went right after Howard and frustrated him into fouling out in just 17 minutes.

    "We knew if we could get Dwight into foul trouble, they'd be in trouble, because we'd have an open path to the basket," Bynum said. "So we just tried to keep attacking."

    Howard struggled all night with the fouls and a sore shoulder. Howard missed half of the third quarter after aggravating an injury sustained Sunday in Toronto, and fouled out with 3:45 left. He finished with eight points and five rebounds.

    "It's just very, very sore, but it is hard when you get hit so hard every night," Howard said. "I'm a big guy, but it still hurts when I'm getting hit this much. It's getting worse, but I have to keep my composure and try not to complain. The last two games, though, I've been very close to going off."

    Vince Carter led Orlando with 15, but struggled with an ankle problem, while Jameer Nelson ended up with seven points and five turnovers.

    "I thanked Vince for going out there, but he couldn't attack the basket and he couldn't keep up with Bynum," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Jameer had a nightmare. He couldn't dribble the ball two feet without losing it tonight. It was just a terrible night for everyone, including me."

    Orlando led 41-38 at the half, despite Howard being limited to nine minutes because of foul trouble, and lost him again less than 90 seconds into the third quarter with a shoulder injury.

    Howard returned midway through the period and the game was tied at 60 heading into the fourth quarter.

    The game was still tied at 77 when Howard fouled out, but the Magic didn't score again until J.J. Redick's meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    "We just couldn't stop their three guards," Van Gundy said. "We knew that's where all of their offense was going to come from, and we couldn't even contain them."

    Game notes

    Mickael Pietrus missed his second straight game with flu-like symptoms. ... Howard made Orlando's first free throw with 5:01 left in the third quarter. ... Detroit's Jonas Jerebko became the first Swedish-born player to start an NBA game. Miles Simon, born in Stockholm, came off the bench in all five games of his brief career. ... Prince had played 496 straight games since Rick Carlisle didn't use him in a game against Memphis in April 2003, and he and Hamilton had never missed the same game in their seven-plus seasons as teammates.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 85
    FGM-FGA 29-79 (.367) 27-72 (.375)
    3PM-3PA 10-35 (.286) 0-6 (.000)
    FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 31-38 (.816)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-42 9-44
    Assists 18 8
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 13 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (3/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 9

    Top Performers

    Matt Barnes Barnes
    Points: 11
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Ben Gordon Gordon
    Points: 23
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0