Brian Schmitz Magic Insider
11:08 PM EST, November 21, 2012
How can a small-college player score 138 points by himself and a pro team go almost a quarter without a bucket?
The Pistons could have used Jack Taylor from tiny Division III Grinnell College Wednesday night against the Magic.
"It was kind of weird there," admitted Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo.
Weird, bizarre, crazy --- pin any adjective on the third quarter of the Magic's rout of the Detroit Pistons.
The Magic were minutes from throwing a third-period shut-out, skunking the visitors.
The Magic, searching to find offense and down three at halftime, went on a wacky 21-0 run. They held the Pistons -- who didn't score until roughly two mintes left -- to just eight points in the quarter.
"I remember us being up six, eight, ten...and it was kind of weird there, kind of pushing to 20 the way that we did," Afflalo said.
"It might have been a little frustration on their part. They missed a lot of easy shot, a lot of shots around the basket. That's basketball. It happens sometimes."
Yeah, hard to figure it out.
Coach Jacque Vaughn must have given some halftime talk, made terrific adjustments.
Said Big Baby Davis, "He came in here and said, 'OK.' He turned on the film and said, 'Let's go play hard.' That's it. 'Keep doing what you're doing and we're going to win this ball game.' That's it."
Detroit coach Lawrence Frank used words like "embarrassing" and "deplorable" to describe his team's play.
The Magic (4-7) need to also give thanks for the Pistons being the Pistons (2-10). Half of the Magic's wins have come against them.
"At this point in the season, Orlando is better than us," Frank said.