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Friday, December 27th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Pistons (14-16) at Orlando Magic (8-20), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Pistons have been a decent road team this season and will resume a three-game trip Friday against the Orlando Magic.

The Pistons opened the jaunt with Monday's 115-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Josh Smith scored 25 points, Brandon Jennings added 21 with 13 assists and Andre Drummond chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Greg Monroe added 11 points and 11 boards for the Pistons, who were coming off double-digit home losses to the Bobcats and Rockets. They did win for the fourth time in the past seven tries.

"Our energy was there," Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said. "It was the way we wanted to play."

Detroit improved to 8-6 away from The Palace and is unbeaten in the last three road games. The Pistons, who have already beaten the likes of Indiana and Miami on the road this season, will close the trek Saturday at Washington.

Smith hopes to keep the away wins coming and is averaging 23.8 points per game in the last six. Jennings is posting averages of 20.8 points and 10.5 assists in the last four.

Orlando is 0-3 on a six-game homestand and fell to 5-9 in the Magic Kingdom with Monday's 103-98 loss to the New York Knicks.

Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 26 points and Glen Davis chipped in 20 for the Magic, losers in 11 of the past 13 games. The Magic almost rallied from 25 points down and trimmed the deficit to 84-83.

"They tightened up once they seen the lead completely evaporate," Afflalo said. "They did a good job of once we cut it to one or two, not allowing us to get over the hump."

The Magic will also host Atlanta and Golden State on this homestand, and split four meetings with Detroit a season ago. The Pistons have lost five of seven trips to Orlando.

12/27 10:29:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
4th
CHI 100
NYK 97
 
4th
HOU 77
NOP 85
 
1st
SAC 29
MIL 25
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
2nd
UAB 59
LSU 65
 
2nd
EVAN 54
OHIO 57
 
1st
CSFU 21
CSDH 15
 
1st
ORST 26
DEP 15
 
1st
PAC 16
NEV 11
 
1st
USF 25
PORST 13
 
1st
IDAHO 38
WALLA 16
 
1st
UTST 5
CALST 8
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
3rd
MON 1
ANA 2
 
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SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
4th
JAC 14
TEN 10