It was a solid season debut for Reggie Jackson with 18 points and 4 assists, but not enough to carry the Pistons to the win.
The Pistons had been on a roll, winning five of their past six. It looked like that trend should continue with the lowly Orlando Magic coming to town and the Pistons getting starting point guard Reggie Jackson back from injury. After all, the Pistons were 7-2 at home.
But the Pistons dropped back to .500 and those lowly Magic now aren’t really that far behind them in the standings.
The Detroit offense had been clicking during their winning streak, and it looked to be continuing early on. Led by four three pointers by Marcus Morris, the Pistons jumped out to a nine point first quarter lead and seemed on the verge of blowing yet another game wide open.
The Magic closed the gap, and surged in the second quarter while the Pistons had all sorts of trouble defensively. Andre Drummond in particular had difficulty containing Nikola Vucevic.
It was the offensive side of the ball that the Pistons couldn’t figure out in the second half. The Magic looked poised to coast to the win with a 13 point lead and only two minutes remaining.
But Marcus Morris forced a steal to create a Tobias Harris fast break layup, followed by a stop and a Harris three point shot. Then a Drummond steal, who shot it up the court to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP mishandled the pass, but stepped back for a three point shot to cut the lead to just five.
In less than 90 seconds, the Pistons ran off eight straight points and made the game interesting.
But out of the timeout, D.J. Augustin ran down the clock and got the ball to Jeff Green - who calmly hit a fadeaway as the shot clock ran down. Dagger.
The Pistons could have played better, but they’ve had worse losses on the season. Next up will be the Chicago Bulls at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday evening.