Monday night's first half between the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons played out like the opening sequences of the Indiana high-school state title game depicted in the movie "Hoosiers."

The Magic resembled undersized Hickory High.

The Pistons looked like South Bend Central, a group of behemoths who gathered offensive rebounds and scored off tip-ins and putbacks. Detroit center Andre Drummond and power forward Greg Monroe, both 6-feet-11, bedeviled the Magic on the glass.

In the movie, Hickory toughened up and won the game.

In real life, Orlando did the same thing. The Magic controlled the boards in the second half and beat Stan Van Gundy's Pistons 107-93 in front of a sparse crowd at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

"I thought we saw at halftime that we could give more," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Guys accepted that challenge, and they responded."

Norman Dale, the Hickory coach portrayed by Gene Hackman, preached the value of teamwork, telling his players they needed to pass at least four times on any possession before they attempted a shot.