The Orlando Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons 112-98 on Wednesday.
The Magic played one of its most complete games of the season and pushed the lead to 20 points in the 4th quarter. One of the main reasons for the win was the performance of the bench. The Magic bench outscored the Pistons bench 49-20, which was led by Victor Oladipo, Maurice Harkless and Kyle O’Quinn.
Let’s take a look at the other three takeaways from the Magic win.
As a team, this was one of the most impressive offensive outputs of the season. The Magic shot 49.4 percent from the field. However, the most impressive aspect of the offense for the Magic was the balanced scoring. Five Magic players scored in double figures. Oladipo had a team-high 20 points off the bench, while Harkless also influenced the bench beat down with 15 points.
Not to be out done by the 2nd unit, starters Glen Davis, Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic also finished in double figures. Davis shook off a dreadful five point performance against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, with 18 points against the Pistons. Afflalo continued his efficient offensive season with 15 points, a PER of +18, while shooting 3 of 6 from the 3-point line. Vucevic continued his strong play since returning from a concussion on Jan. 29, with 14 points. He has scored in double figures in all five game since returning from the injury.
The return of Jameer Nelson
Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson returned to the court after missing nearly three games (he only played in the 1st quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks) with a sore left knee. Nelson did not have a strong scoring night as he finished with only seven points. However, Nelson did have a team-high 11 assists.
Kyle O’Quinn’s defense controls the paint
In addition to the stellar offensive performance, the Magic also had a strong defensive showing. The Magic held the Pistons to 45.9 percent shooting from the field and forced 15 turnover, which led to 15 fast break points. The lynchpin for the defense was O’Quinn, who had six blocks, the highlight came when O’Quinn rejected Pistons guard Brandon Jennings twice on the same possession. This set up a fast break that saw O’Quinn cap off a wonderful series of plays with a layup.
The next game for the Magic will be against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The Thunder defeated the Magic 101-98 on Dec. 15, which was the 1st match up of the season. Tip-0ff from the Amway Center in Orlando is set for 7 p.m.