ORLANDO, Fla. -- No energy.
No sense of urgency.
Those two facts led to no victory for the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
The Pistons' road magic wore off when they slumbered through a 109-92 thumping at the hands of the Orlando Magic.
Winners of seven of their last eight road games, the Pistons (14-17) fell behind by 22 points in the second half and allowed the Magic to shoot 52.9% with a parade of lay-ups and dunks to the basket before an energetic crowd at the Amway Center.
Brandon Jennings, who scored 21 points, tried to keep the Pistons in the game, but the team behaved like they were still at home unwrapping Christmas gifts.
"A lack of energy, we had no sense of urgency and we didn't match their energy at all tonight," Jennings said. "There's no excuses. I know we had a couple of days off for Christmas, but this is the NBA. You always got to be ready and you can't take no team lightly."
The Magic beat the Pistons at their own game by pounding them with 58 points in the paint while the Pistons could only manage 48.
And the trio of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith combined for 21 points on 10-for-34 shooting. Smith was 2-for-13 and Monroe was 3-for-9.
Meanwhile, the Magic inside trio of Tobias Harris, Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic combined for 50 points and 29 rebounds on 22-for-41 shooting.
The Pistons aren't going to win many games with decisive deficits along the frontcourt.
"I think we came out flat," said Drummond, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds. "I could tell just by the tip. It started off with me where I wasn't doing things I normally do. I just couldn't get myself going."
Jennings alluded to the Christmas doldrums, but Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks just grinned and shook his head.
"I think they had a break also," Cheeks said. "I don't know how many days it was, but I think they had a break also.
"We just couldn't get anything going.
"I don't know what to say after that; we just couldn't get anything going offensively. They pushed the ball down our throat defensively and we didn't make any shots."
Former Piston Arron Afflalo punished rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Pistons for 23 points on 9-for-11 shooting. Caldwell-Pope has struggled with stronger two guards recently so you can see one area he needs to work on in the off-season.
"Well we know Afflalo is a good player; he's a good post-up player and he's a good three-point shooter," Cheeks said.
Jennings kept the Pistons in the game in the first half.
He scored 18 first-half points and his assist to Josh Harrellson for a wide-open three made the halftime score 55-48.
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