Brandon Knight and Jameer Nelson - Kim Klement - USA Today Sports
Orlando could have sent Sunday's game into overtime with a two-pointer, but missed its last three shot attempts in the final eight seconds as it fell to the Pistons.
The Orlando Magic once again lost a close game to a mediocre team at home on Sunday as the Detroit Pistons hung on for a 104-102 victory. Brandon Knight hit crucial three-pointers in the fourth quarter en route to a 31-point outing, and Orlando's multiple game-tying shots at the rim did not hit their mark.
|Team||Pace||Efficiency||eFG%||FT Rate||OReb%||TO Rate|
|Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;|
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.
The story in Sunday's loss is the same as in many others during Orlando's difficult season: the Magic weren't able to take care of the ball or draw fouls. As a result, J.J. Redick's career-high-tying 31 points weren't enough to lift the Magic, who have lost their last nine games against sub-.500 teams.
Still, the Magic rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit. They ought to be commended for committing only four turnovers after intermission, and for dominating Detroit, 38-20, on points in the paint.