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    Magic blows 21-point lead but recovers in time to quash Pistons late rally

    Apr 13, 2017
    Elfrid Payton scored 21 points, including some clutch hits to help the Magic hang on to a slim win over the Pistons. AP

    ORLANDO, Florida — Aaron Gordon had 32 points and 12 rebounds, Elfrid Payton scored 21 points and the Magic overcame a late-run by Detroit to win their season-finale, 113-109, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

    The Magic, who led by as many as 21 points in the first quarter, allowed the Pistons to surge ahead in the fourth quarter in a game matching two non-playoff teams. But Orlando made enough plays behind Payton and Gordon to avoid yet another disheartening loss as the season closed.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith both scored 20 points each to lead Detroit.

    In game in which both teams played many of their reserves major minutes, the Pistons outscored Orlando in the second, third and fourth quarters but their 21-point first-quarter deficit proved difficult to overcome.

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    Elfrid Payton scored 21 points, including some clutch hits to help the Magic hang on to a slim win over the Pistons. AP
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