Grant scores 22, Pistons beat Magic in Cunningham debut
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Jeremi Grant scored 22 points, No.1 pick Cade Cunningham added seven rebounds on his NBA debut and the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 110-103 on Saturday for their first win of the season.
Cunningham missed the preseason and the first four games of the regular season with a sprained ankle.
Kelly Olynyk had 18 points for Detroit, while Saddiq Bey and Josh Jackson each scored 13.
Brothers Franz (19 points) and Moritz Wagner (13) accumulated 32 points for the Magic (1-6), including seven at 3 points. Cole Anthony had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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Cunningham struggled on the ground in the first half of his debut, going 1 for 7 and missing all four attempts by 3 points. However, he had seven rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes of action. He missed his only shot by playing five minutes in the second half.
Detroit led 48-47 at halftime, but Orlando led for most of the third quarter on 20 points from the Wagner brothers. Grant kept the Pistons close with nine points in the span before Olynyk added 10 with the second unit.
The Pistons used a 15-0 run to take an 82-70 lead before Mortiz Wagner’s 3-pointer to bring the Magic down to less than nine at the end of the quarter.
Detroit scored the first six points of the fourth, increasing their lead to 88-73, and Orlando never threatened down the stretch.
Magic: The Wagner brothers both frequented neighboring Michigan, as did Ignas Brazdeikis, while Gary Harris went to the state of Michigan. Harris almost certainly enjoyed Saturday afternoon more than his teammates, as the Spartans upset Michigan 37-33 at East Lansing.
Pistons: Cunningham’s NBA debut came on the 40th anniversary of Isiah Thomas’ first game for the franchise. … The Pistons got 56 points off the bench.
Magic: Visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
Pistons: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
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