Recap: Pistons 104, Magic 102

January 27, 2013

After a devastating last-second loss to the Raptors on Thursday, Magic guard J.J. Redick lamented that the basketball gods must be against the Magic.

Clearly any efforts to appease them prior to Sunday’s contest against Detroit were unsuccessful, because once again Orlando suffered another heartbreaking defeat.

Despite overcoming a 13-point deficit and having four opportunities in the final 3.9 seconds to tie the contest, the Magic were unable to knock down the game-tying bucket and fell 104-102 to the Pistons.

“It just seems like it is getting more and more frustrating,” said Redick, who matched a career-high with 31 points. “The way we are losing, it’s tough.”

Tough doesn’t even begin to describe it. The Magic have dropped nine of their last 18 games by four points or less (2-16 overall), while playing inspired basketball despite dealing with injuries to a number of key players during that span.

They’ve miraculously been able to maintain a positive outlook and put each past tough blow behind them.

“I keep believing that it’s going to turn in our favor,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn said. “It’s easy to give in. But our coaching staff will continue to fight, be resilient and we’ll continue to push these guys and hug them at the same time. That’s what we do.”

Besides continuing to stay in the right frame of mind, Orlando is hopeful that a few changes here and there can help them turn the corner on their Northeast road swing that features stops in Brooklyn, New York and Boston.

“We have a chance to get better on this road trip and we will,” J.J. Redick said. “We will.”

“J.J. carried us in the first half and I decided to get off my (butt) and be more aggressive in the second half and it gave us a chance to win. No matter how the games go, I can’t let anyone stop me from doing what I need to do in the first half. If I played a little bit in the first half like I did in the second half, it would have been game.” - Magic forward Glen Davis
Without question this Statline of the Night goes to J.J. Redick. The Magic’s shooting guard erupted for a career-high-matching 31 points, while connecting on a career-best eight 3-pointers. He rounded out his sensational statsheet with six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Wooo!
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