By John Denton
January 22, 2013
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Temperatures outside of The Palace of Auburn Hills hovered around single digits most of Tuesday night and dipped below zero when accounting for the cutting winds in the area.
Inside The Palace, there was a chill of a different sort for the frigid Orlando Magic as little went right on either end of the floor, a couple of team leaders couldn’t break out of ice-cold slumps and they lost in lopsided fashion to the Detroit Pistons.
Orlando’s leading scorer, Arron Afflalo, played the first 34 minutes of the game without taking a shot, Glen Davis’ frustration bubbled over in the third quarter and the Magic were gashed 105-90 by the Pistons.
``As a player you try to prepare yourself for the worst, but at the end of the day I put this loss on me,’’ said Davis, who made just four of 16 shots and received a third-quarter technical foul. ``As a captain, I need to step up and do the necessary things to help us win a ball game. If I’m ever going to become the player that I want to be or the player that I think I am, I have to show a level of consistency. I can’t have one good game and come back and not be able to make a shot.’’
The Magic (14-27) hit the official halfway point of the season with a three-game losing streak. Orlando hasn’t won since whipping Indiana in impressive fashion last week at home. Remarkably, the Magic have now lost their last eight games against teams with losing records.
``I’m a little surprised because I was enthused and excited about our approach tonight. I thought we had a great shoot-around and I was looking forward to the game and it’s just not the results that we were after,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``(Detroit) played well and at the end of the day you have to play on both ends of the floor.’’ Afflalo entered the night as the Magic’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, but he rarely looked to score after being switched from shooting guard to small forward to accommodate J.J. Redick in the starting lineup. Afflalo, who entered the night averaging 14.5 shot attempts a game, missed all four of his shot attempts and didn’t score in 38 minutes on the floor.
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