`Everybody was playing with a lot of energy, getting a lot of deflections and playing off everyone else’s energy,’’ said O’Quinn, a last-minute starter in place of Nikola Vucevic. ``I looked at the score once and we were up 20 and then we were up four. Sometimes a lead is the worst thing you can have because your mind gets comfortable. It’s only natural.’’

New Detroit acquisition Josh Smith, a woeful 3-point shooter for years, bailed out the Magic with 29 seconds to play when he heaved up a contested 24-foot shot that grazed the side of the rim. Orlando was able to salt away the final 29 seconds for the victory.

Leading 72-54 after three quarters, the Magic’s offense sputtered over the final 12 minutes against a Detroit team that reinserted their starters for the fourth period. But O’Quinn converted a layup in traffic off a feed from rookie Romero Osby to put the Magic back into the lead.

``I just wanted to finish it. I had the opportunity and wanted to put it in the basket – that’s all that I was thinking,’’ added O’Quinn, who had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.



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