By John Denton

Coming off what head coach Jacque Vaughn called ``our most physical practice since I’ve coached here,’’ the Orlando Magic responded on Sunday with a gritty, defensive-minded effort for three quarters that might serve as a blueprint for how they want to play this season.

Of course, there’s still a small matter of learning how to properly close out games for the young and impressionable Magic.

Orlando (2-4) forced the revamped Detroit Pistons into 26 turnovers and held them to 41.7 percent shooting with an aggressive, swarming defense. However, Orlando’s feel-good night was almost ruined completely when Detroit wiped out an 18-point deficit and took a one-point lead with 56 seconds to play. But the Magic got a clutch layup from Kyle O’Quinn with 38 seconds left and was able to hold on for an 87-86 victory at the Amway Center.

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