NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Detroit
(Wednesday, April 13th)
Final Score: Detroit 103, Orlando 94
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Carlos Arroyo each scored 14 points to lead six Pistons in double figures, as Detroit won its eighth straight game with a 103-94 decision over the fading Orlando Magic at The Palace.
Antonio McDyess added 12 with eight rebounds, Rasheed Wallace finished with 11 and Chauncey Billups had 10 with six assists for the Central Division champion Pistons, who have won four in a row at home.
Detroit, the defending world champs, are second in the Eastern Conference.
Rookie Jameer Nelson scored a career-high 30 points for Orlando, which has lost five straight. Dwight Howard had 17 for the Magic, who are on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention.
"I'm like any player," said Nelson. "I'd give up the stats for a win."
The Pistons made 14-of-19 shots from the field in the first quarter to open a 14-point lead. Hamilton was 6-of-7 and finished with 13 points for Detroit, which led, 31-17, after 12 minutes.
"We had a great first quarter with 13 assists on 14 field goals," said Pistons coach Larry Brown. "We had the opportunity to rest some people and to play some people, which is good. It's another win and we can move on."
The lead continued to grow in the second quarter and Detroit finished the half hitting 57 percent (21-of-37) of its shots. The Pistons, who led by double digits throughout the second stanza, took a 56-38 lead into the break.
Orlando shot 37 percent from the floor in the opening half and was outrebounded, 26-11.
The Magic trailed throughout the third quarter, but cut the Detroit lead 12 late in the frame. Detroit, though, scored the final four points of the quarter and a basket by Arroyo to begin the fourth gave the Pistons an 80-62 lead.
A three-pointer by Nelson got the Magic to within 81-71, but the Pistons answered with 10 straight points to take a 20-point lead.
Nelson hit another three-pointer to cut the Pistons' lead to 94-83, but only 2:59 remained. The Magic pulled within nine, 100-91, on a dunk by Mario Kasun with less than a minute to go, but would get no closer.
Detroit has won five of the last six meetings in the series...The Magic have lost three straight at The Palace...Nelson's previous career high was 22. Nelson had eight assists.
04/13 23:59:22 ET