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#1 by jinshuiqian0713 , Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:41 am

ORLANDO, Fla. -- During the Magics recent struggles one of the few constants has been the offence provided by Arron Afflalo. The veteran provided another reminder of why hes so indispensable for a young team trying to find itself. Afflalo scored 23 points to lead five Orlando players in double-figures and the Magic snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Orlando led the Pistons by as many as 22 points and cruised in the fourth quarter. Afflalo said the victory was one of the most complete efforts the Magic have posted in recent memory. "Its good to get a win at home for once," said Afflalo, who has scored at least 20 points in five straight outings. "I dont think weve won here this month. It was pretty impressive defensively. I thought the bigs did a great job trying to fight their bigs all night rebounding. I thought we shared the ball throughout the game, made the right play. "When we play like that I think were pretty good." The Magics leading scorer this season, Afflalo played eight minutes of the third quarter after lightly turning his left ankle. But after coming out of the game briefly, he was able to finish the period -- scoring six points -- before resting in the fourth. "The ankle, its one of those things where if you can fight through it, you go ahead and play," he said. The victory halted a five-game home losing streak for the Magic, who hadnt won at the Amway Center since the day before Thanksgiving. Nik Vucevic added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Victor Oladipo finished with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn thought Fridays effort was sparked by what he called a surprisingly "intense" practice for this time of year. "That has to be our signature -- we have to come to work," he said. "I always tell them I dont know what results thats going to lead to wins and losses-wise, but you can look yourself in the mirror and appreciate what you do for a living, and your teammates appreciate you when you come to work." Brandon Jennings had 21 points and Will Bynum added 18 for the Pistons, who had a streak of three consecutive road victories ended. "From the start of the game, we just couldnt get anything going. We got a couple stops in the third quarter, but we couldnt score, and it just kept going downhill from there," Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We couldnt get anything going offensively, they pushed the ball down our throat defensively, and then we didnt make any shots." The Pistons, who claimed eight of their 14 wins on the road, never found a flow on offence. They shot 41 per cent for the game, and were outscored in the paint 58-48. "We had no sense of urgency and we didnt muster energy at all tonight," Jennings said. "Its got to be a collective unit to try to get it back together, but we didnt have it tonight." In some of their recent losses Orlando had started fast, only to fall apart late in the games. The Magic jumped out to another early lead, but this time were able to sustain it with a variety of scoring bursts that kept the Pistons playing catch up for most of the night. Orlando hovered over 50 per cent shooting throughout and carried a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Magic carved out their early advantage shooting 56 per cent in the opening 24 minutes to take a 55-48 lead into halftime. Glen Davis had eight points in less than five minutes and then yielded to Afflalo, who finished the half with 12 points. Oladipo and Tobias Harris each added 10 points. Afflalo said theres no secret to what it will take for the Magic to have another "good night" like Friday. "Just get after it, man. Theres no mystery," he said. "We know what we need to do -- same focus, same effort. It starts with our preparation in shootaround, our intensity, attention to detail. And keeping our foot on the gas pedal." NOTES: The Magic improved to 5-6 when they score 100 or more points. ... Pistons G Chauncey Billups opted to continue his recent program of resting his tendinitis-affected knee on the first game of back-to-backs. Cheeks said Billups is expected to play when Detroit visits Washington on Saturday. Gussie Busch Jersey . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. Dominic Leone Jersey . According to Tony Barrett of The Times, the Liverpool captain is set to announce that he will leave the club at the end of the 2014-15 season. https://www.cheapcardinalsonline.com/. The All-Pro left tackle agreed to a five-year contract with the Eagles on Wednesday. Peters was signed for 2014, and his new deal adds four years through 2018. John Gant Jersey . MacLean clocked 8:24.91 seconds, eclipsing the previous mark of 8:27.59 set by Brittany Reimer of Victoria at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal. MacLean and Tabitha Baumann of Ottawa -- second in 8:32.37 -- both went under the qualifying standard to be nominated to the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific teams. Cardinals Jerseys 2020 . Johns, N.L., to Thunder Bay, Ont., after a deal was announced to build a new $106-million "event centre" in the Lake Superior community. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the first five innings, the Los Angeles Angels barely had a chance against Detroits Drew Smyly. After that, the Angels put together just enough offence and more than enough quality relief pitching to secure another gritty win. Efren Navarro and Kole Calhoun drove in runs in the sixth, and the Angels overcame Smylys 11-strikeout effort for a 2-1 victory Friday night. Navarro had two hits after replacing Josh Hamilton in the fourth inning as the Angels earned their majors-leading 36th home victory by beating the majors best road team. Yet even Navarro wondered whether the Angels could break through against Smyly, who struck out six straight at one point. "He was making his pitches, working on the outer part of the plate," said Navarro, who drove in Calhoun for the go-ahead run and chased Smyly with a two-out single. "But on that last pitch, he made his pitch, and I was able to do something with it." Miguel Cabrera homered and Smyly (6-9) had his career-high in strikeouts for the Tigers, who have lost seven of eight in Anaheim. After Detroits pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in Thursdays series opener, Smyly struck out eight of the Angels first 10 hitters. The left-hander overwhelmed Los Angeles until the sixth, retiring his first 13 batters and striking out nine different Angels. "Ten out of the first nine hitters struck out, something like that," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said with a grin. "He had great stuff. For us to match him pitch for pitch, that was something." Everything changed abruptly with consecutive, one-out doubles by Chris Iannetta and Calhoun, followed by Navarros go-ahead RBI after the Tigers intentionally walked Albert Pujols to get to Los Angeles reserve outfielder. "I felt great pretty much the whole game," Smyly said. "I was executing all of my pitches pretty good, and they were the sharpest theyve been in a while, so I felt really confident. ... They have a really good lineup, so I knew I had to stay focused every inning because there wasnt much room for error. For me, its a good start to build off of." Tyler Skaggs yielded five hits in 5 2-3 resourceful innings for the Angels, who have won 14 of 19.dddddddddddd Los Angeles improved the majors second-best record to 61-41 and pulled within two games of the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, who lost at Texas. Los Angeles bullpen backed up Skaggs with 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief, retiring nine straight along the way. Mike Morin (3-3) struck out Torii Hunter with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his second save in three appearances for the Angels, wrapping up an all-around encouraging effort for Scioscias club. "Those (relievers) had tough hitters in every inning, and they did a terrific job," Scioscia said. Skaggs struggled much more than Smyly, needing 43 pitches to get through the first two innings alone, but still struck out five. "His fastball is his best pitch, and his curveball is really good, too," Hunter said. "That was my first time facing him -- I think everybodys first time facing him -- and he did a great job." Cabrera connected for his 16th homer leading off the fourth inning, putting his second shot in three days into the stands in right field. Los Angeles didnt get a ball out of the infield until Mike Trouts one-out fly ball to right in the fourth. The Tigers chased Skaggs with consecutive, two-out singles in the sixth. Detroit then loaded the bases when David Freese botched Martinezs soft grounder to third, but Morin fanned Hunter to end it. Hamilton left the game with soreness in his left knee and was replaced by Navarro in left field. The former AL MVP grounded out weakly in his only at-bat, and he failed to make a play on J.D. Martinezs long fly to left in the second, allowing it to bounce for a double. NOTES: Angels LHP C.J. Wilson threw a bullpen session in his recovery from his sprained right ankle. ... Kevin Jepsen struck out the Detroit side in the seventh for the hard-throwing right-handers 14th consecutive scoreless relief appearance. ... Detroits Justin Verlander faces Matt Shoemaker on Saturday night at the Big A. ... Trout was 0 for 4, going hitless for just the eighth time in his last 56 games. ' ' '

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