Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn faced a crucial decision during the opening minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday night. Vaughn began the quarter with youngsters Victor Oladipo, Doron Lamb, E'Twaun Moore, Maurice Harkless and Kyle O'Quinn on the court. Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks countered with Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond. Advantage, Pistons. Or so it seemed. Detroit cut Orlando's lead to 10 points early in the quarter, and Vaughn called a timeout. He had a choice: bring back his starters or keep the youngsters in and, in the process, risk the game? Vaughn stuck with his youngsters, and they rewarded his faith. They prevented the Pistons from climbing within single digits, and the Magic won the game 112-98. "You know philosophically my approach to basketball," Vaughn said afterward. "It's a team sport, and everyone has to do their part on every night. So we're going to count on these guys — whether or not you start or come off the bench — to do your part. They were going to stay in and figure it out. When I was going to pull the plug, I'm not sure." The Pistons drew within 10 points on three occasions. Each time, the Magic's second unit responded with stops on the defensive end and with baskets of their own. With Orlando ahead by 12 points, O'Quinn blocked a pair of Brandon Jennings layup attempts a few seconds apart. After the second block, O'Quinn raced down the court, caught a pass by Moore and completed the fastbreak with a layup. "We knew that somebody had to get it rolling on our side again because the first unit was like, 'C'mon, fellas. C'mon!' " O'Quinn recalled. "We knew something had to happen, so we left it up to any of us to just do something to change the momentum." The Magic (14-37) began the night knowing they had to match physicality with physicality against the Pistons (19-29). In the teams' prior two games this season, Detroit gathered a total of 36 offensive rebounds — far too many.
Magic's youngsters hold off the Pistons' rally en route to a 112-98 win
Orlando Sentinel | Feb 6