Heat in 7 spot, now 1 up on Celtics, 1.5 up on Nets, 2 up on Pacers, 2.5 up on Hornets. Sunday vs. Pistons is critical.
Final: Pistons 111, Magic 97. Jackson: 26 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists. Payton: 14 points, 13 assists.
End of the 3rd quarter: Pistons 87, Magic 76. Drummond: 16 points, 9 rebounds. Vucevic: 16 points, 13 rebounds.
This is to be followed by Pistons and Spurs at home and then Cavs on the road. Sunday vs. Detroit looms large.
Halftime: Pistons 54, Magic 53. Prince: 14 points, 4 rebounds. Payton: 10 points, 8 assists. Vucevic: 10 points, 7 rebounds.
Stan Van Gundy received some good applause when he was announced as the Pistons' coach. Not an ovation, though.
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Heat's next four are at Hawks, home vs. Pistons, home vs. Spurs, at Cavaliers. No time for any comfort level.