Magic 89, Pistons 87


ORLANDO, Fla. – Jameer Nelson hit two last-minute shots, the second a fadeaway jumper with 6.5 seconds left, and Hedo Turkoglu had 26 points and seven rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 89-87 Friday night.

Trailing by two with 3 seconds remaining, Detroit’s Tony Delk missed two free throws. Antonio McDyess corralled the rebound and put up a 12-foot airball, which Dwight Howard grabbed as time expired.

The win was the Magic’s eighth straight at home and snapped the Pistons’ six-game winning streak.

Howard had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Battie had 11 points for Orlando.

Chauncey Billups led Detroit with 25 points and eight assists, while Tony Delk scored 18 and Tayshaun Prince chipped in 15.

Nelson hit a 20-footer to tie the game at 87 with 42 seconds left, and Billups missed a 3-point attempt the next trip down.

Orlando called timeout with 17.3 seconds left, setting up Nelson to drive left of the lane for the game-winning shot.

Detroit didn’t score a field goal for the first 6:28 of the fourth quarter until Prince hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 5:32 left, but crept out of a five-point deficit with eight straight free throws from Billups on four straight trips. Billups finished 12-of-12 from the line.

Prince’s basket also gave Detroit its first lead of the game, which was quickly extended by another Billups 3-pointer after another Magic turnover.

The Pistons were without leading scorer Richard Hamilton, who flew to Tulsa, Okla., because of a death in the family.

After 73 straight starts this season with the same starting lineup – 98 straight counting the playoffs last year – the Pistons have played two of their last three games with just four of their usual starting five. Rasheed Wallace was out Tuesday serving a suspension in a 101-93 win over New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

Orlando used an 18-6 run midway through the second quarter to build a 54-39 halftime lead.

Notes: The Magic outscored Detroit in the paint 34-26. … Orlando shot 53 percent from the field, compared with 45 percent for Detroit. … Darko Milicic had eight points and four rebounds and Carlos Arroyo scored 10 in their first game against Detroit since being dealt to Orlando in February.

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