Arron Afflalo scores 23, Magic down Pistons 109-92

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm •  Published: December 27, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — During the Magic's recent struggles one of the few constants has been the offense provided by Arron Afflalo.

The veteran provided another reminder of why he's so indispensable for a young team trying to find itself.

Afflalo scored 23 points to lead five Orlando players in double-figures and the Magic snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Orlando led the Pistons by as many as 22 points and cruised in the fourth quarter. Afflalo said the victory was one of the most complete efforts the Magic have posted in recent memory.

"It's good to get a win at home for once," said Afflalo, who has scored at least 20 points in five straight outings. "I don't think we've won here this month. It was pretty impressive defensively. I thought the bigs did a great job trying to fight their bigs all night rebounding. I thought we shared the ball throughout the game, made the right play.

"When we play like that I think we're pretty good."

The Magic's leading scorer this season, Afflalo played eight minutes of the third quarter after lightly turning his left ankle. But after coming out of the game briefly, he was able to finish the period — scoring six points — before resting in the fourth.

"The ankle, it's one of those things where if you can fight through it, you go ahead and play," he said.

The victory halted a five-game home losing streak for the Magic, who hadn't won at the Amway Center since the day before Thanksgiving.

Nik Vucevic added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Victor Oladipo finished with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn thought Friday's effort was sparked by what he called a surprisingly "intense" practice for this time of year.

"That has to be our signature — we have to come to work," he said. "I always tell them I don't know what results that's going to lead to wins and losses-wise, but you can look yourself in the mirror and appreciate what you do for a living, and your teammates appreciate you when you come to work."

Brandon Jennings had 21 points and Will Bynum added 18 for the Pistons, who had a streak of three consecutive road victories ended.

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