Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Monday, November 26th
Game 2: Friday, December 28th
Game 3: Friday, February 1st
Game 4: Friday, March 1st

Pistons 78

(14-13, 6-10 away)

Magic 87

(14-17, 8-6 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 28, 2001

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 13 17 27 2178
    ORL 20 22 20 2587

    Top Performers

    Detroit: B. Wallace 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Blk

    Orlando: D. Armstrong 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Cold Pistons lose for seventh straight time

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando coach Doc Rivers provided some perspective during a first-quarter timeout that helped his team snap out of a three-game funk.

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    "I said, 'Guys, they've lost six in a row so it's not like that's a big confidence group over there either.' It's going to come down to who wants to drag this out down the stretch and our guys did," Rivers said.

    Darrell Armstrong scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic used an early 25-4 run to defeat Detroit 87-78, handing the Pistons their seventh straight loss and ending their own three-game losing streak.

    Armstrong shot 7-of-12 and had six rebounds and six assists. His jump shot with 3:52 left in the first quarter broke an 11-11 tie, and the Magic maintained the lead the rest of the game.

    "What we're trying to get is momentum," said Armstrong, who had nine points in the fourth quarter. "This is a long season. We haven't even gotten to the All-Star break."

    Tracy McGrady had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Mike Miller scored 14.

    Detroit trailed by as many as 17 in the third quarter but cut Orlando's lead to five points three times in the fourth, including 80-75 with 4:25 left before the Magic responded with a 7-0 run to lead 87-75 with 2:08 remaining.

    The Pistons shot 35.8 percent, including 26.1 in the second quarter. Ben Wallace had a season-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting against his former team. He added 13 rebounds and had four of Detroit's season-high 11 blocked shots.

    "I think that the effort is there and they are playing hard, unselfishly," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said. "You have to keep playing that way. Eventually shots are going to fall."

    Jerry Stackhouse and Chucky Atkins scored 13 each for the Pistons but were a combined 9-of-29.

    "When you lose six games in a row, guys were kind of doubting their shots," Atkins said. "We were not just catching and shooting like we normally do."

    Orlando led 42-30 at the half as Detroit shot 28.6 percent from the field. The Magic started a 25-4 run at 4:22 in the first quarter, allowing them to take a 33-15 lead with 6:31 remaining in the second.

    Zeljko Rebraca hit a jump shot that closed Orlando's lead to 22-15 at the 10:13 mark of the second quarter. But the Pistons didn't hit another field goal until Corliss Williamson's layup made it 33-18.

    Armstrong led all scorers with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting at the half. Clifford Robinson scored eight points and Wallace had nine rebounds for Detroit.

    Game notes
    The Magic have won 16 of their last 18 home games. ... The teams have split the last 10 games played. ... Orlando had 14 fast-break points, with Detroit getting six.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 87
    FGM-FGA 29-81 (.358) 33-78 (.423)
    3PM-3PA 3-15 (.200) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 17-26 (.654) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-42 10-49
    Assists 17 22
    Turnovers 14 19
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 11 0
    Fast Break Points 4 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 16
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Darrell Armstrong Armstrong
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0