Detroit Pistons goalie Hamidou Diallo speaks to the media following the 119-112 loss to the Magic on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena.
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the Detroit The pistons controlled the first 18 minutes of the game on Monday night, but the Orlando Magic flipped the switch midway through the second quarter.
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With the loss, the Pistons’ separation for the second best lottery odds grew. Detroit has a worse record than the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-45), Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder (both 21-44).
Saddiq Bey led all scorers with 26 points, making five 3-pointers for the 11th time this season and a second straight game. His 5-for-10 night behind the arc gives him a two-game lead for the rookie record. Allen Iverson and Steph Curry are tied for second place with nine of those games.
Frank Jackson scored 19 points off the bench, and Hamidou Diallo added 16 points and seven rebounds in his first start of the season for the Pistons. Cook had 13 points off the bench and Isaiah Stewart finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Diallo thrives on the first start
After missing Saturday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets with knee pain, it was not clear whether Diallo would play on Monday. He made a “questionable” diagnosis on the injury report Sunday night.
His knee didn’t seem to hurt, as he put in one of his best performances of the season against the Magic. It included a pair of clutch buckets in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter, as the Pistons looked to take their first lead of the second half.
Tyler Cook brings energy off the bench
It’s been about six weeks since Cook joined the Pistons on a 10-day contract, and just under a month since the franchise signed him for the remainder of the season. He’s been in and out of the rotation for the past few weeks, but Monday illustrated why the Pistons withheld him.
He finished with 13 points and three rebounds in 16 minutes, making his six shot attempts. His flagship game was a poster dunk against Bamba early in the fourth quarter.
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Saddiq Bey on his rookie season, goals and Killian Hayes, Sunday, May 2, 2021.