J.J. Redick came out shooting early and often–drilling shot after shot–especially from behind the arc. He connected on 6 of 8 3-pointers in the first half and had 21 points at the break before ultimately finishing the game 10 of 17 from the floor, including 8 of 11 from downtown. Reddick finished the game by tying his career high of 31 points but his stellar night wasn't enough as the Orlando Magic fell 104-102 to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night at the Amway Center.
"We tried," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I keep believing that it's going to turn in our favor, to be honest with you. I'm genuine. I'm upfront with them. I tell them as fair as I can, that you continue to work hard, you don't skip steps. … We will continue to be resilient, continue to push guys, but continue to hug them at the same time.
"That's what we do."
Detroit (17-27) got 31 points from Brandon Knight, who was 12 of 16 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point territory. Greg Monroe added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Charlie Villanueva finished with 12 points; Kyle Singler scored 10 and Will Bynum notched nine points and 12 assists.
For the Magic (14-29), Redick tallied six assists to go with his career-high eight rebounds, while Jameer Nelson had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds. E'Twaun Moore finished with 18 points, Glen Davis registered 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic notched 12 points and 17 boards.
The Pistons out-shot Orlando 40 of 79 (50.6%) to 40 of 90 (44.4%) from the field and 11 of 23 (47.8%) from long range. The Magic pounded the visitors 51-37 on the boards and 50-44 in the paint.
Detroit won the first quarter 29-25 and outscored Orlando 25-19 in the second frame. After the Magic took the third period 33-24, the Pistons outscored them 26-25 in the fourth.
"It just seems like it's getting more and more frustrating," Redick said. "The way we're losing is tough. But we can control our mindset, our attitude, our perspective over these last nine games before the break. We have a chance to use this road trip to get better, and we will."
Orlando is at Brooklyn on Monday at 7:30 pm on FS Florida.
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