"People need to recognize what an all-star is because Arron is playing at an All-Star level," teammate Jameer Nelson said. "He's not out there ball hogging or stat-chasing every night. He's just doing what he's supposed to do, hitting shots when we can get him the ball and sharing the load when we can't."
"I'm not going to touch the All-Star stuff, but will I tell the other coaches how great he's been for us, how impressive he's been for us, yes, definitely," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I don't think you can pick too many spots in the game where he's rushing to take shots or make shots. Whether we're in transition or in half-court, he's been very comfortable and very efficient."
Afflalo had plenty of help against the Pistons, though he really didn't need much. Detroit made little and sometimes no effort at the defensive end, allowing every Magic player time and space to get shots from just about anywhere they wanted.
Magic center Nik Vucevic scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds; rookie Victor Oladipo had 16 points and 11 assists; Tobias Harris added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Glen Davis had 14 points and eight boards.
"The name of the game is to get everyone contributing something and that's what happened tonight," Harris said. "But it all starts with Arron. He really does a lot for us. He's so efficient and so good at keeping everyone else involved. We can be a pretty good team when that happens."
Detroit got 21 points from Brandon Jennings and 18 points from his backup, Will Bynum, but precious little from anyone else. Center Andre Drummond contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds, no other Piston reached double figures in either category.
"One guy (Jennings) having a game is not something that thrills me when we get beat the way we got beat," Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks said. "They pushed the ball down our throats and we didn't make any shots. We got a couple of stops in the third quarter, but didn't make any shots and it went downhill from there."
"No excuses, we just didn't have it tonight," Jennings said. "Arron Afflalo played well for them, but he's been playing well all season. We just had no sense of urgency. We never matched their energy all night."
Detroit ignored virtually everyone in a Magic uniform early in the game and never caught up. Afflalo scored 12 points in the first half, Harris and Oladipo had 10 apiece and Davis and Vucevic eight each as the Magic had their way on offense. ORLANDO shot 56.4 percent and led by as many as 12 points before settling for a 55-48 halftime advantage.
Jennings hit six of 11 shots and kept the Pistons in the game with 18 points and three assists in the first half, but he was essentially a one-man show. The rest of Detroit's starting five was seven-for-22 from the field, including two of 10 from forward Josh Smith, who finished the game with six points and missed all three shot attempts in the second half.
ORLANDO led 61-52 when Afflalo started the runaway with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. As had been the custom the whole night, teammates Nelson, forward Jason Maxiell and Harris jumped in to help, adding three more jumpers to finish off an 11-0 run that made it 72-52 with 6:04 left in the third quarter.
NOTES: Magic G Arron Aflalo is averaging career highs in points (21.9), rebounds (4.6), assists (3.9) and 3-point shooting percentage (43.7 percent). ... Pistons C Andre Drummond leads the NBA in offensive rebounding with 5.2 per game. ... Detroit is tied for second-most road wins in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons are 8-6 away from home, including victories at Miami and Indiana. ... The Magic have used eight starting lineups this season, but won with only two of them. Six of the starting lineups are winless, including the five that started against Detroit: Glen Davis, Tobias Harris, Nik Vucevic, Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson. ... Pistons reserve G Rodney Stuckey is third in the NBA and leads the Eastern Conference in scoring off the bench at 14.9 points a game. ... The Magic honored Pat Garrity during the game. Garrity played nine seasons for the Magic, hitting 631 3-pointers and shooting 39.8 percent from behind the arc. ... Pistons F Kyle Singler has scored in double figures four straight games.