Detroit Pistons snap 3-game losing streak with 105-93 win at Orlando on Tuesday night
By JOHN DENTON
ORLANDO, Fla. — Not long after Saben Lee scored a career-best 21 points and helped the Detroit Pistons snap a three-game losing streak, the point guard was presented with a memento to ensure he won’t soon forget the game.
Lee, a rookie out of Vanderbilt on a two-way contract, made 8 of 11 shots and all three of his 3-pointers as the Pistons started fast and dominated the second half in a 105-93 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
Following the 10th game of his NBA career, Lee was presented with the game ball by coach Dwane Casey in a joyous locker room celebration.
“It was a great feeling, just having my teammates there congratulating me and coach Casey giving me the game ball,” said Lee, who topped his previous career high of 12 points set two nights earlier in Orlando.
Detroit, which has an NBA-worst road record of 3-14, won for the first time since Feb. 14. Outplayed throughout a 105-96 loss to the Magic on Sunday, the Pistons raced to a 15-point first-quarter lead, dominated the third quarter and rode balanced scoring the rest of the way for the victory.
Lee was pressed into duty the past two games after Delon Wright suffered a groin injury. Strong on Sunday with 12 points, five assists and three steals, Lee scored 13 points in the first half on Tuesday to key the Pistons’ strong start.