After a convincing win over Flamengo on Wednesday night, the Orlando Magic welcomed an old face back when they hosted former coach Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Like Wednesday night, the Magic were able to walk away with a hard fought victory, taking down the Pistons 99-87.
Much like Wednesday night, the Magic got off to a hot start, grabbing an 11 point lead after the opening quarter of action. The starting front court of Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle O'Quinn combined for 27 of the team's 32 points, including two three-pointers from O'Quinn. Orlando suffocated the Pistons on the defensive end, holding them to 33.3 percent shooting, while shooting a sizzling 56.5 percent themselves.
Opening the second quarter, the Magic went on a 15-4 run, pushing their lead up to as many as 19 before the Pistons came storming back. Behind 15 points from D.J. Augustin, Detroit wrapped up the quarter on a 21-9 run to cut the Magic lead to five heading into halftime. Augustin led all scorers with 15 in the half, while Harris led the Magic with 13, 11 of which came in the opening quarter.
Out of the halftime break, the Magic struggled, playing sloppy basketball for much of the third quarter. Detroit forced eight Magic turnovers, turning them into 11 points as they continued to fight and claw their way back into the game. Greg Monroe scored 10 in the quarter for Detroit, while the Magic's starting frontcourt combined for 12 of their 22.
With a slim two point lead going into the quarter, there was little room for error for the hosting Magic. Behind strong play in the quarter from Harris, the Magic were able to hang on. Harris led all scorers in the quarter, finishing with seven big points.
The Magic got strong performances across the board from a handful of players. Harris led all Magic men with 22 on the night. After notching his first double-double of the preseason on Wednesday night, Vucevic powered his way to 16 points and seven rebounds. O'Quinn, getting his first start of the preseason, finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out. Aaron and Ben Gordon rounded out Magic men in double figures, finishing with 14 and 10 on the night respectively.
Monroe paced the way for the Pistons, finishing with 24. After his big second quarter, Augustin cooled off, finishing with 21 on the night. Andre Drummond and Brandon Jennings rounded out the Pistons players in double figures, finishing with 11 and 10 respectively.