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Magic vs. Pistons four-factors analysis

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.

Brandon Knight and Jameer Nelson
Brandon Knight and Jameer Nelson
Kim Klement - USA Today Sports

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
Pistons 91.1 114.1 57.6% 16.5 17.5 13.2
Magic 91.1 111.9 50.0% 13.3 37.5 16.5
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.

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