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Pistons hold off Magic for 104-102 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm •  Published: January 27, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Detroit coach Lawrence Frank wanted his team to finish a tough road trip on a positive note.

The Pistons did that, and provided some late-game toughness.

Brandon Knight had a career-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers, and Greg Monroe scored 17 points, helping the Pistons stave off three game-tying field goal attempts in the closing seconds of their 104-102 victory on Sunday night.

"It was good to see how we responded." Frank said of the win, which also snapped a two-game losing streak. "There were 20 lead changes in that game. We kept our poise and our resolve."

Will Bynum also had a season-high 12 assists on a night in which the Pistons were under their season average for turnovers and assisted on 25 of their 40 field goals.

"The ball bounces funny sometimes," Knight said. "But still, you've got to be there and get some of those bounces and make some of the effort plays ... I gotta commend my teammates on making some of those effort plays toward the end of the game."

The loss spoiled a big night for J.J. Redick, who tied a career high with 31 points and set a career high with eight 3-pointers.

Jameer Nelson had 18 points and eight assists, and Glen Davis added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Magic have lost five straight games, including 10 of 11 at home. They've also lost 10 straight games to teams with records below .500.

"We tried," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I keep believing that it's going to turn in our favor, to be honest with you. I'm genuine. I'm upfront with them. I tell them as fair as I can, that you continue to work hard, you don't skip steps. ... We will continue to be resilient, continue to push guys, but continue to hug them at the same time.

"That's what we do."

The lead changed hands 10 times in the final period.

The Pistons led 93-89 on a 3-pointer from the wing by Knight with just over six minutes to play. It would grow to five points a few possessions later on a floater by Bynum.

The Magic found a way to rally. E'Twaun Moore connected on a deep 3 to trim Detroit's lead to 95-93. A Nikola Vucevic dunk tied it up, and Moore's three-point play off a steal put the Magic up 98-95 with 2:50 left.

Detroit's rebounding kept alive back-to-back possessions, each ending in 3-pointers by Knight, to put the Pistons back in front 101-98.

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