The Pistons celebrated the 4th of July with a 73-68 win over the Orlando Magic Blue team, earning seven of a possible eight points. This was Detroit’s second straight win to start the summer league after beating the Knicks on Saturday.
Overall it was a pretty sloppy game for both teams, particularly in the first half. The Pistons shot under 30% for the game and had more than four times as many turnovers as they did assists. Luckily, the Magic were every bit as sloppy and Detroit led for a majority of the game.
The hero for the Pistons was undoubtedly Lorenzo Brown. He was able to get into the paint at will and led Detroit with 19 points on 5-12 shooting and hitting 9-11 free throws. Brown also added on 6 steals, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. This was a huge performance for Brown who is fighting for a roster spot as the third string point guard.
Stanley Johnson nearly had a double-double with eight points and ten rebounds. However, he shot the ball very poorly, making only 2 of 14 shots on the day. Rookie Henry Ellenson also struggled to score the ball efficiently. He shot just 2 of 11 including 0-6 from deep, on his way to a 10 point and 7 rebound game. While their numbers weren’t very impressive it is worth noting that the offense seemed to flow well through those two in particular.
For the Magic, second round pick Stephan Zimmerman struggled to find his rhythm. He was also 2-11 from the field, racking up 6 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Nick Johnson led the Magic with 19 points on 6-16 shooting. This loss dropped the Magic Blue team to 0-2 in the summer league.
Detroit will play the Indiana Pacers tomorrow at 5p.m.