| The Detroit News
It was a two-man Magic show, and the Pistons couldn’t find an answer to their tricks.
Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier provided a solid one-two punch for the Orlando Magic, fueling a furious second-half push and leading the Magic to a 105-96 victory over the Pistons on Sunday night at Amway Center.
It’s the first of a two-game mini-series against the Magic, finishing up on Tuesday. In the interim, the Pistons will need to find an answer for Vucevic, who had 37 points and 11 rebounds and Fournier, who had a season-high 29 points.
Vucevic had 15 of his points in the fourth quarter and the Pistons, using mainly Mason Plumlee and Isaiah Stewart, had trouble defending him in the post. Vucevic, an All-Star candidate, had his way throughout the game for the Magic (13-18).
Fournier did most of his damage in the first half, with 16 points and another 11 points in the third period.
The Pistons (8-22) got the double-digit lead down to 99-92 at the 3:26 mark, but Vucevic scored six straight points to create enough margin to hold on down the stretch.
Jerami Grant had 24 points and five rebounds, Josh Jackson 17 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Saben Lee added a career-best 12 points, four rebounds and five assists.
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