ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Wendell Carter Jr. tipped in Paolo Banchero’s missed layup at the buzzer to give the Orlando Magic a 108-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
Franz Wagner added 21 points, and Carter controlled the boards in the fourth quarter, finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Jaden Ivey led Detroit with 25 points. He hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to tie it.
Alec Burks added 16 points for the Pistons, who stayed in the game with 17-of-34 3-point shooting.
Markelle Fultz had 14 points eight assists for Orlando and Cole Anthony added 15 points off the bench.
Ivey and Burks combined on 6 of 7 3-point shooting in the first half, but 12 Pistons turnovers led to 11 Magic points and a 47-46 Orlando lead at the break.
Wagner and Fultz sparked a 15-0 Magic run early in the third quarter that netted a 14-point lead, the largest of the game. But Hamidou Diallo scored six of Detroit’s 14 straight points to get the Pistons right back in it.
Pistons: the Pistons committed 21 turnovers, but only three in the fourth quarter. … F Marvin Bagley III, out since Jan. 2 after having surgery on his right hand, might be activated as early as Saturday. … The Pistons have given up 100 or more points in 34 straight games.
Magic: The win was only the second in the last seven games against Detroit.
Pistons: At Toronto on Saturday.
Magic: Host Indiana on Saturday night.