The Detroit Pistons bounced back from a cold shooting day in Hotlanta with a magical 128 points against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Pistons lit the nets on fire from the start, knocking down 58 percent of their shots in the first quarter en route to a 128-118 win, the most points the franchise has put up in regulation since Chauncey Billups was still the team's point guard.
Brandon Jennings is the point guard nowadays and he dealt a black jack 21 assists and busted with 24 points. Jennings' career high 21 assists is the season high in the NBA and his 20-20 of the points-assists variety is the NBA's first since Steve Nash in 2009. He's the first Pistons player to put up a 20-20 of the points-assists variety since Isiah Thomas did it 30 years ago. 21 assists are the most by a Pistons guard since Will Bynum's 20 in 2010 and falls only four short of the team's record of 25 by Kevin Porter.
The Pistons never trailed in the game and led by as many as 21, but didn't close the game out until late in the fourth quarter. The Magic were actually within two for a minute midway through the final frame, but the Pistons finally put the pedal to the metal behind Jennings' strong point play.
Jennings had assists on the Pistons' first five baskets of the game, at least one to each player in the starting lineup, and 11 assists by the half. Greg Monroe, who finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, had 20 and eight through the first two quarters. Jennings and Monroe led the Pistons to a 65-48 lead at the half.
The second half belonged to Jennings and Andre Drummond. Drummond finished with 26 points, 17 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Jennings' 20th assist was an all-too-easy lob to Drummond:
Kyle Singler added 14 and Anthony Tolliver had nine off the bench.
Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 26 points.
After a stretch of 10 games in 15 days, the Pistons have a couple days off before playing again on Saturday in Milwaukee.
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