Detroit demolished the Orlando Magic with a 23 point win, their third straight victory and averaging a 19 point margin during the stretch. This one was in Stan Van Gundy's homecoming in his first time back to Orlando since being fired in 2012.
The Pistons had contributions from a number of players but it was Jodie Meeks' night. He finished with 34 points, including 9 three point makes. He wound up close to a few franchise records, including finishing with the second most three pointers in a single game and the fifth most points off the bench.
He trails only Joe Dumars for the single game three point record, putting Joe D. and Jodie in the top spots for the mark. Current Magic Ben Gordon also hit 9 in a single game during his time with the Pistons.
Detroit struggled out of the gates, but kept the score close despite only shooting 33 percent and turning the ball over three times in the first quarter. Even though Orlando managed to shoot 53 percent, they only led by one at the end of the first thanks to three offensive rebounds for each Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
D.J. Augustin helped get the offense going in the second quarter through the pick and roll with Andre Drummond. The duo opened things up for Pistons shooters, including Meeks. He exploded in the quarter scoring 20 points, including 6-6 from three. He did all of his scoring in the second and fourth quarters.
The third quarter was the Andre Drummond show. He managed double digit rebounding in that quarter alone, and the Magic could only stop him by fouling him. They even resorted to Hack-a-Dre in the third period. It didn't work though. Even though Drummond missed a pair of free throws, Kyle Singler grabbed the offensive rebound and laid it in.
Drummond finished with a nifty 17 points, 22 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. But if you have him for fantasy basketball, don't plan on winning in free throws. The Magic sent him to the line 16 times, and he made 5.
Augustin deserves a ton of credit for how he led the Pistons tonight on a down night from Brandon Jennings. He finished with 11 points and 10 assists, but it was one of those nights where his impact seemed even better than his numbers.
Anthony Tolliver got his first minutes as a Piston and did what Van Gundy brought him in to do - shoot three pointers. The Pistons stayed hot from behind the arc as a team, making 14 and shooting 42 percent.
During this winning streak, the whole demeanor of this Pistons team looks different. Guys are celebrating off the bench, moving the ball, helping on defense - and Stan Van Gundy is actually making adjustments.
At one point during a timeout in the fourth, Pistons color commentator Greg Kelser shared that Brandon Jennings ran down media row giving out high fives and hollering "This is fun!" And that was during a game where Jennings didn't play well.
Don't look now, but the Pistons are only 5.5 games behind Miami for the 8 seed and a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Plus they play a couple of sub-.500 teams, next up the Knicks at the Madison Square Garden on Friday.