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              === Magic hope to halt skid with Pistons in town ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - The Orlando  Magic will give  it another shot at stopping
 their current slide as they host the Detroit Pistons Sunday at Amway Center.
 
 The Magic have lost four in a row and 15 of their last 17 games, and dropped a
 97-95  decision versus the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. DeMar DeRozan nailed a
 go-ahead  jumper with  less than a minute remaining to lift the Raptors, while
 Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace Orlando.
 
 Arron  Afflalo  and Glen Davis ended  with 16 and 15 points, respectively, and
 both Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick scored 14 points.
 
 "I  just think  the basketball  gods are  against us  right now,"  Redick told
 NBA.com.  "They've turned their backs on us. We need to get back in their good
 graces.  Tonight was  a first  step, if  a loss  can be  a step  in the  right
 direction, because we competed the whole game."
 
 Orlando  is 8-15  at home this season  and has lost three straight and nine of
 the  last  10 games in central  Florida. After Sunday's bout with the Pistons,
 the Magic will start a five-game road trip Monday at Brooklyn.
 
 Detroit  will close  out a three-game road  trip this evening and has lost two
 straight and four of the past six games.
 
 In  a 110-88 blowout at the hands of the Miami Heat on Friday, Greg Monroe had
 31  points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort. Will Bynum scored 13 points for
 Detroit,  which beat  Miami, 109-99, on Dec.  28 at the Palace of Auburn Hills
 and dropped to 4-16 away from home.
 
 "[The  Heat] turned up the pressure and got right up into our air space and we
 did  not  handle it very well,"  said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. "There are
 just  certain  things from a preparation  standpoint that we have to take more
 pride in and we did not do those things tonight."
 
 The  Pistons,  who blew a  43-34 lead, committed 19  turnovers which led to 26
 Miami points. Meanwhile, Monroe has six double-doubles in his last eight games
 and  17  this season. Pistons forward  Tayshaun Prince needs one 3-pointer for
 500 in his career and is closing in on 10,000 career points (needs 179).
 
 Prince  is also  31 games shy of  tying Vinnie Johnson (798) for fourth on the
 franchise's all-time list.
 
 Detroit  will head home to take on Milwaukee Tuesday night and has lost two of
 three  meetings with  the  Magic this  season, including  a  90-74 setback  in
 Orlando on Nov. 21.
 
 Orlando has won eight of 12 meetings with Detroit.
 
 01/27 10:56:53 ET

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