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Prince looks like old self as Pistons win 4th straight

Terry Foster
The Detroit News
Reggie Jackson passes the ball as he gets around the Magic's Willie Green.

Orlando, Fla. — Forward Tayshaun Prince walked up to Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy with under three minutes remaining in a 111-97 victory over the Magic on Friday night and asked for a breather.

Van Gundy turned his head as if he did not hear him.

It was Prince's game to finish as the Pistons won an old school special, their fourth in a row.

The Pistons (28-44) silenced a crowd that gathered to honor former Magic All-Star Shaquille O'Neal who was inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.

The Pistons countered with old school magic on the floor.

It began with 35-year-old Tayshaun Prince (23 points and seven rebounds) who transformed into 2004 version. That was the players whose pupm fake stymied defenses, whose 3-point shot was true, and where every attack in the lane resulted in two points.

He toyed with the Magic much of the night.

Then there was Reggie Jackson, who found a little vintage Magic Johnson in the second half. He split the defenses and tore out the Magic's heart, finishing with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

He completed his triple-double by finding Joel Anthony inside for a three-point play layup with 1 minute 4 seconds left.

"My teammates told me to push the pace along with coach Stan Van Gundy," Jackson said. "I came out and started seeing some seems. I really wanted to start using our athleticsm which allowed us to get out."

The Pistons managed the easy victory despite the Magic (22-52) shooting 52.4 percent overall. Orlando, however, didn't get to the free throw line much, going 8-for-8.

The Pistons led by as many as 17 points.

Prince set the tone in the first half with 14 points, but the lead was just 54-53 because the Magic shot 61.5 percent, and Pistons guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jackson combined to shoot 6-for-22 and score 13.

Andre Drummond chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds, Jodie Meeks had 12 points.

Tobias Harris led Orlando with 21 points and Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 14 rebounds.