Orlando, Florida (AP) – Sadique Bay scored a career-high 51 points, while the Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic 134-120 on Thursday night, ending a four-game losing streak.
Bay equaled the franchise record with 10 three-pointers in 14 attempts. In total, he was 17 by 26.
Two nights after Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving scored 16 points in the first quarter on the way to the game with 60 points, the Magic conceded 21 points in Bay’s first quarter.
Marvin Bagley III added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit in the match of the last two Eastern Conference teams. Franz Wagner led Orlando with 26 points.
Bay finished the first half spectacularly, scoring five points in less than five seconds. 8.8 seconds before the end he hit 20 feet, went off the field, blocked the ball in the back and made a three-pointer in 3.9 seconds, leaving the Pistons leading 73-62.
Magic scored the first nine points of the game, but that lead was quickly erased by Bey. The Pistons took the lead in Isaiah Stewart’s throw, which tore the score 50-50 in the middle of the second quarter.
Pistons: G Cade Cunningham missed his second game in a row due to an illness not related to COVID. . . . F. Jeremy Grant stopped the game due to inflammation of the right knee. . . . Detroit won the season series 3-1.
Magic: Cole Anthony missed his first 10 shots. . . . F. Wendel Carter Jr. did not play due to a dislocated left ankle. . . . J. Jalen Sags missed his fourth game with a right ankle bruise. . . . F Plague Okeke missed his first game since January 3 due to a left knee injury.
Pistons: In Cleveland on Saturday night.
Magic: Take Oklahoma City on Sunday night.