Oladipo spurs Magic to 112-98 win over Pistons

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Victor Oladipo knows if he just keeps shooting the shots will start to drop. Wednesday night's game against the Pistons was a case in point.

The Magic rookie guard and fellow reserve Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench to spark the Magic to a 112-98 victory over Detroit.

After shooting 5 for 27 as a starter in the two preceding games, Oladipo scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night in a game that led to heated exchange between Will Bynum and coach Maurice Cheeks.

"I was shooting the shots I could make," Oladipo said. "Today I made them and the past two games I didn't make them. I'm just trying to keep shooting with confidence."

The 6-foot-10 O'Quinn blocked six shots and joined Oladipo and Glen Davis in sparking a second-quarter rally that gave the Magic a double-digit lead.

After starting 31 games, Oladipo was bumped to the bench to accommodate Jameer Nelson's return from a knee injury. The third Magic player off the bench Wednesday night, Oladipo made 8 of 10 shots and all four of his free throws and turned back a Piston rally with a steal and dunk midway through the fourth quarter.

Davis added 18 points and three other players scored in double figures for the Magic, who won for the fourth time in their last five home games.

Maurice Harkless finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, leading the Magic to a 44-36 advantage on the glass over the NBA's top rebounding team.

Josh Smith scored 25 points for the Pistons, who fell behind by 20 points in the third quarter after beating the Magic by 16 points just eight days ago.

The low point came for the Pistons when Bynum exchanged words with Cheeks during a second-quarter timeout. Cheeks pulled Bynum from the game and never put him back in.



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