The Detroit Pistons were shot out of the gym Friday morning as the Orlando Magic handed Detroit a 96-87 loss to open up championship day from the Amway Center practice gym.
The Magic built an 18 point lead by the start of the third quarter on an 11-3 run. Detroit would battle back in the fourth with a 12-2 run to cut it to 11.
Justin Harper mad a big three to cut the lead to 8, but Detroit couldn’t muster enough offense to get back in the game.
While a lot of exposure has been given to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, point guard Elfrid Payton has shown that he is ready for the NBA grind.
He scored 16 points and totaled 6 assists. The highlight of the afternoon came off the hands of the point guard, when he lobbed it to Victor Oladipo late in the 4th. Oladipo finished with the emphatic two handed slam.
The performance of the morning offensively came from Deyvn Marble, who scored 16 points on 7-12 shooting.
The defensive potential of a Victor Oladipo/Elfrid Payton backcourt was also on display Friday morning. Oladipo and Payton held Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to 12 points on 4-13 shooting. Well below this week’s average.
Payton also did a solid job defensively on rookie Ian Miller, who was held to just one field goal attempt in 19 minutes on the floor.
While Payton impressed in the Magic’s final time on their home court this summer, Victor Oladipo displayed why he should of been the #1 pick in last year’s draft.
He took over in the second half, en route to a game high 22 points.
Detroit’s DeAndre Liggins led the way offensively before heading to Las Vegas to play for the Clippers. He scored 20 points on 6/9 shooting.
Justin Harper had another solid game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Orlando Summer League play wraps up today with Boston and Indiana at 10 AM and the championship game at noon between the 76ers and Grizzlies.
Las Vegas Summer League play starts at 4 PM ET when the Knicks take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Detroit Pistons will now shift their attention to personnel decisions that are looming. Officials need to make a decision on point guard Peyton Siva, who missed the last two summer league games due to injury.
Detroit will have until July 20th to decide whether or not to keep Siva on the Pistons roster.