Pistons use strong second half to get past Magic 108-104

Posted at 8:22 AM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 08:22:47-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 to help lead the Detroit Pistons to a 108-104 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

The win kept the Pistons (42-37) in contention in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They remained a half-game behind Indiana, which beat Cleveland, for the No. 7 spot.

The Magic’s three-game home winning streak ended. They held a 96-92 lead late in the fourth quarter, but then saw it slip away.

After going back and forth for much of the first three quarters, the Pistons took control late in the fourth quarter. Tobias Harris, Caldwell-Pope and Jackson all hit big shots in the final five minutes to rally the Pistons. Caldwell-Pope gave the Pistons 97-96 lead late in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer following a turnover by Orlando’s Victor Oladipo.

Evan Fournier led five Orlando players in double figures with 19 points.