Denton: Magic vs. Pistons Analysis (2/5/14)


On Wednesday, the Magic were as locked in offensively as they have been in some time and matched the physicality of the towering Pistons (19-28). Offensively, Orlando shot 49.4 percent and its 29 assists were one short of tying a season high. Defensively, the Magic won the rebounding battle, 44-36, and thumped Detroit for a second time in three meetings.

``Through film and study sessions and Coach (Vaughn) harping on us that we can’t let that happen again, we came out there and took that (rebounding) very serious,’’ O’Quinn said of Orlando winning the rebounding battle.

The victory allowed the Magic to win for a fourth time in the past five games at the Amway Center. Orlando has won 11 of its 14 games at home this season – something that was a major point of emphasis for the team heading into this season.

O’Quinn finished with eight points, five rebounds and a career-best six blocked shots. Oladipo broke out of a two-game shooting slump by making eight of 10 shots in a 20-point effort. And Harkless was active and aggressive off the bench with 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

All three of those players were on the floor – along with Doron Lamb and E’Twaun Moore – when the Magic allowed the 20-point lead to drop to 10 before steadying themselves and pulling away. Vaughn admitted afterward that he had to resist the temptation of benching the reserves in favor of Orlando’s more veteran players.

``Philosophically, my approach to basketball is that it’s a team sport and everybody has to do their part every night,’’ Vaughn said. ``We’re going to count on those guys whether they start or come off the bench to do their part. They were going to stay in and do their part. When I was going to pull the plug, I’m not sure. But the good thing was that they figured it out.’’


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