Detroit Pistons loses to Orlando, 119-112, “wins” NBA Draft Lottery – fr

Detroit Pistons loses to Orlando, 119-112, “wins” NBA Draft Lottery – fr

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. In a game that could impact the final lottery odds in two weeks, the Pistons (19-46) lost to the Magic at Little Caesars Arena, 119-112. Detroit took a 43-36 lead at the 6-minute mark of the second quarter, but Orlando ended the quarter with a 15-3 run and led the rest of the way.
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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. A BASS YOU STRETCH: Pistons, there are only a few games left this season. Here are three stories to follow

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. Bey came close to leading a comeback for the Pistons in the last five minutes, scoring eight straight runs from 4:16 to 3:31 to reduce the deficit to three. But five points apiece for Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan) and Mo Bamba sidelined the Pistons.

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. He caught a traffic bounce and finished a midrange jumper over Bamba with 2:50 left to cut the deficit to three, and a driving layup with 1:27 left to cut it to four . His 16 points (5 for 10 shooting, 2 for 4 of 3) marked his best performance since March 31, when he scored 19 points.

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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