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Magic vs. Pistons four-factors analysis

Orlando picked up its second win against Detroit in as many tries on Wednesday.

J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick
Douglas Jones - US Presswire

The Orlando Magic picked up their fourth win of the season--and their second against the Detroit Pistons--on Wednesday in a 90-74 romp. The Pistons managed just eight points in the third quarter as the Magic worked quickly to erase what had been a three-point halftime deficit. Rookie forward Andrew Nicholson scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Magic, while Glen Davis finished with 11 points and a season-best 14 rebounds.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Pistons 94.9 78.0 34.7% 17.6 22.8 15.8
Magic 94.9 94.8 46.4% 15.7 20.5 15.8
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2011/12 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2011/12 average.

As the chart above shows, Orlando won this game on the strength of its defense, walloping Detroit despite scoring fewer points per possession than its average on the season. Given that only the Washington Wizards have scored less efficiently than the Magic have this year, Orlando winning a defensive battle stands as an accomplishment.

Detroit rolled to a six-point lead in the first quarter on the strength of its interior play, shooting 9-of-13 in the painted area for 18 points. The Magic fixed their defense after the opening 12 minutes, allowing Detroit just 22 points in the paint on 11-of-34 shooting the rest of the way.

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