Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Tuesday, November 3rd
Game 2: Friday, November 6th
Game 3: Sunday, January 31st
Game 4: Wednesday, February 17th

Pistons 103

(2-4, 1-3 away)

Magic 110

(5-1, 3-0 home)

    Coverage: SUN

    7:00 PM ET, November 6, 2009

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 23 20 25 35103
    ORL 40 18 24 28110

    Top Performers

    Det: C. Villanueva 28 Pts, 5 Reb

    Orl: D. Howard 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Howard, Magic hold off late rally from Villanueva, Pistons

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dwight Howard made up for a miserable performance against the Detroit Pistons three nights earlier.

    Fast Facts

    • The Magic scored less than 120 points in a home game for the first time this season.

    • The Magic improved to 13-2 in their last 15 home games dating back to last season.

    • The Pistons had won four straight against the Magic.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Even so, he was still irked by what happened in the fourth quarter.

    Howard's 22 points and 12 rebounds were enough to help the Orlando Magic hold off Charlie Villanueva and the Pistons 110-103 on Friday night, but the win was soured by Detroit's 35-point fourth quarter.

    "We haven't played good enough defense to be a great team," Howard said. "We have to try and be great every night, and that's just not happening yet. Sometimes you have ugly games, and tonight the fourth quarter was ugly, but we still got a good win."

    Villanueva scored 22 of his 28 points in the quarter, but it wasn't enough to get past the defending Eastern Conference champs, who led by 19 early and never trailed at all.

    "Charlie was great. He gave us a chance in the fourth, but you can't rely on one guy to try and bring you back," Ben Gordon said. "We dug ourselves a hole and just couldn't get over the hump."

    Three nights after fouling out with eight points in 17 minutes, Howard was nearly perfect. He made 7-of-8 field goals and 8-of-9 free throws and didn't commit a foul until after halftime.

    Matt Barnes had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Magic and Jameer Nelson also scored 18, with eight assists.

    Orlando had lost 20 of 25 regular-season games to the Pistons, including one earlier in the week.

    The closest Detroit came on Friday night was 96-90 after a shot by Villanueva with about three minutes to play.

    Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points and Gordon finished with 19 for the Pistons.

    "We're not playing smart enough. We didn't play enough defense and for too many minutes we were just hanging on to win a regular-season game," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We aren't making the push to be great. I don't know if we will. We'll have to see."

    Game notes

    The Magic were already without Vince Carter (sprained left ankle) and Rashard Lewis (10-game suspension) before losing starting power forward Ryan Anderson to a sprained right ankle in the third quarter. ... Detroit was without starters Rip Hamilton (right ankle sprain) and Tayshaun Prince (lower back strain). ... The Magic shot 30-of-35 overall from the line. ... The Pistons were staying at a downtown hotel less than mile from where a gunman opened fire and killed one person and wounded five others late Friday morning, causing a shutdown of city streets during a search for the assailant. They had to detour returning to the team hotel after the morning practice.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 110
    FGM-FGA 38-74 (.514) 36-76 (.474)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 8-28 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 23-37 (.622) 30-35 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 9-37
    Assists 13 19
    Turnovers 11 11
    Steals 8 3
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 8 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (2/0) 27 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 0 19

    Top Performers

    Charlie Villanueva Villanueva
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 22
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2