Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/25

Game 1: Wednesday, December 25th
Game 2: Monday, January 13th
Game 3: Thursday, February 13th

Pistons 101

(25-11, 12-7 away)

Magic 86

(20-20, 12-8 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 13, 2003

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 22 31 29 19101
    ORL 29 25 21 1186

    Top Performers

    Detroit: R. Hamilton 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Orlando: M. Miller 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Hamilton, Wallace too much for tired Magic

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic didn't see all that much of Richard Hamilton, but he left a lasting impression.

    Hamilton scored 27 points in 29 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter and Ben Wallace added 19 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Magic 101-86 Monday night.

    Ben Wallace

    Hamilton had only four points in the first 18 minutes, but he scored 23 in the next 18 minutes as Detroit easily erased a 13-point second-quarter deficit.

    "I can heat up pretty quickly, and that's what happened tonight," Hamilton said. "When I went back into the game in the second quarter I knew we needed a quick burst, so I decided to look for my shot a little more."

    Tracy McGrady, NBA's leading scorer at 30.1 points a game, had 20 points and shot just 6-of-19, missing several times inside.

    "We did a good job of making the guy try to make plays," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "We happened to catch him on a night when he was missing, but I'd like to think our guys had something to do with that."

    The only real bright spot for Orlando was a solid effort from Grant Hill. He'd missed seven of the previous eight games, but he didn't look rusty at all in the first half, when he hit six straight shots. But he was held scoreless in the second half and finished with 12 points in 25 minutes.

    "I came out and tried to get into a rhythm early, because I knew I wasn't going to get to play a lot," said Hill, who is being limited to six-minute stretches by the Magic coaching staff. "I felt pretty good early, but I did get tired. I know I have to play more to get in better condition."

    The Pistons seized control by scoring the first eight points of the second half and led by as many as 17 in the final period. Cliff Robinson added 17 points for the Pistons, who have won five of six.

    The Magic tried to slow the 6-foot-7 Hamilton by putting 6-1 Darrell Armstrong on him in the third period, but Hamilton got 10 points on Armstrong before leaving the game for good at the end of the quarter.

    "I think they were hoping Darrell could use his quickness to keep track of me, but when I have a small guy, I just try to get to a spot and elevate over him," Hamilton said.

    The Pistons put the game away with defense in the final quarter, limiting Orlando to 3-of-15 shooting for the period. The Magic missed nine straight field-goal attempts and didn't make a basket for nearly nine minutes after Steven Hunter's layup cut the deficit to 82-77 with 10:50 left in the game.

    Armstrong finally ended the drought with a 17-footer from the corner with 1:58 left, but the Magic still trailed 97-84.

    Game notes

    Hunter played his first game of the season for Orlando, scoring six points and six rebounds in 13 minutes. He missed the first 39 games recovering from knee surgery. ... The Pistons outrebounded the Magic 47-34. ... Detroit, which came in shooting 37 percent from 3-point range, made 9 of 15 (60 percent) against the Magic.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 86
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 32-74 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 9-15 (.600) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 24-30 (.800) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-47 8-34
    Assists 22 17
    Turnovers 18 12
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 4 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 27 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 27
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 18
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0