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Detroit 134, Orlando 120
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 17, 2022
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Officials: #8 Marc Davis, #62 JB DeRosa, #84 Jenna Schroeder
Attendance: 14369

Saddiq Bey scored 21 of his career-high 51 points in the first quarter, Marvin Bagley III contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons ended a four-game losing streak with a 134-120 win over the host Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

Bey made 17 of 27 shots, including a career-best 10 3-pointers on 14 attempts, as coach Dwane Casey recorded his 100th career victory in three-plus seasons with Detroit. The 6-foot-7 forward totaled 30 points during the opening half as the Pistons made half of their 24 3-point shots en route to a 73-62 lead.

Bey, who hit two free throws with 8.2 seconds left to reach 51 points, also totaled nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Isaiah Stewart scored 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, Cory Joseph notched 13 points with three triples, and Saben Lee had 12 points and seven assists after being recalled from the G-League's Motor City Cruise.

Bey's 30 points and six triples in the first half made him the second Piston (Blake Griffin) in the last 25 seasons with as many points and threes in one half. The 51 points were also the most scored by a Pistons player against Orlando, breaking Grant Hill's previous record of 42 set in January 2000.

With Detroit leading 68-62 and time winding down in the second quarter, Bey scored five points in the final nine seconds to give the Pistons an 11-point halftime advantage.

The Pistons (20-for-43) and Magic (11-for-30) combined for 31 3-pointers on a night when both teams were missing key players.

Detroit played without its top two scorers, Jerami Grant (knee) and first overall pick Cade Cunningham (non-COVID illness). The Pistons also had double-digit scorers Hamidou Diallo (finger) and Frank Jackson (back) out of the lineup, while starting guard Killian Hayes did not return after suffering a head contusion in the first half.

Wendell Carter Jr., who leads Orlando with 31 double-doubles, was sidelined with a sprained left ankle. Rookie Jalen Suggs (ankle) and Chuma Okeke (knee) also did not play for the Magic, who continue to be among the most injured teams in the NBA this season.

Franz Wagner scored 13 of his team-high 26 points in the third quarter as the Magic dropped to 1-3 on their current six-game homestand.

Terrence Ross added 17 points off the bench and Moe Wagner had 16 points in his first start of the season. Cole Anthony finished with 12 points and seven assists, Markelle Fultz chipped in 11 points and Mo Bamba posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Detroit   Orlando
Saddiq Bey 51 Scoring Franz Wagner 26
Cory Joseph 7 Assists Cole Anthony 7
Marvin Bagley III 11 Rebounds Mo Bamba 12
Saddiq Bey 7 Free Throws Made Franz Wagner 4
Saddiq Bey 3 Steals Cole Anthony 1
Jamorko Pickett 2 Blocks Cole Anthony 1
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Detroit 134 50.0 20-43 20-31 34 45 3 11 9
Orlando 120 48.5 11-30 15-21 24 45 4 3 14
Upcoming Games
  • Orlando will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Magic have a W/L % of .211 after a win and .269 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Pistons have a W/L % of .263 after a win and .275 after a loss.