Ellington, Griffin lead Pistons past Magic 115-98

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 29, 2019 09:50 AM
Ellington, Griffin lead Pistons past Magic 115-98
Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington signals after a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By Dave Hogg, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne Ellington scored 17 of his 25 points in the third quarter and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic 115-98 Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in a matchup of teams battling for Eastern Conference playoff positions.

Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which was coming off a 1-4 road trip. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Ish Smith scored 15 points off the bench.

Aaron Gordon scored 20 points for Orlando, and former Pistons player D.J. Augustin added 18 points.

The Pistons won their 10th straight home game and moved into a tie with the Brooklyn Nets for the sixth seed in the conference. The Magic had won six straight to get back into playoff contention. The loss left Orlando tied with Miami for the eighth seed. The Heat faced Dallas on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

The Pistons built a 60-46 halftime lead with their outside shooting, making 9-of-16 three-pointers in the first half. The margin could have larger, but Orlando held an 11-2 edge on the offensive glass.

Ellington hit two of his five three-pointers in the first half, then started the third quarter with four straight triples in the first 3:08, giving the Pistons a 72-52 lead.

Detroit went up 86-60 on a dunk by Drummond off a lob from Reggie Jackson, forcing Orlando coach Steve Clifford to call his second timeout of the quarter.

TIP-INS

Magic: Orlando had won six of the last nine meetings with Detroit, but lost the season series 3-1.

Pistons: Ellington has scored 20 or more points three times since signing with the Pistons on Feb. 9 (Feb. 10, PHL time).

UP NEXT

Magic: At the Indiana Pacers on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).

Pistons: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).

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