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Pistons’ Saddiq Bey scores career-high 51 points in win over Magic

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ORLANDO, Fla. — With eight seconds left in halftime, Saddiq Bey received the ball after an offensive rebound and hit a mid-range jumper over Ignas Brazdeikis’ outstretched arm.

He then stole Mo Bamba’s tackle pass, passed it to Cory Joseph and received the ball back. Everyone at the Amway Center knew that Bey was shooting a 3-pointer. The Orlando Magic couldn’t react in time, and Bey splashed it with a few seconds to spare.

The reaction of the Detroit Pistons reserves said it all. Thursday night was all Bey. It seemed like every shot he took was bound to go in. During a game in which the Pistons were without their top two scorers (Jerami Grant and Cade Cunningham), Bey filled the void, and then some.

Bey finished with a career-high 51 points, breaking his previous high of 33, and the Pistons dismantled the Magic at home, 134-120. The 51 came efficiently: 17 of 27 shots, including 10 of 14 on 3-pointers, and he made 7 of 10 free throws. His final 3-pointer of the night, a step back with 1:09 left in the fourth, tied a franchise record set by Joe Dumars in 1994.

Bey was electric from the start, scoring 30 in the first half on 10-for-15 shooting. It was clear that he was destined for a big performance after the first period, with 21 points.

Saddiq Bey recorded the eighth 50-point game in Pistons team history.

The Pistons led by double digits throughout the fourth quarter and led by 17. But Bey entered the period with 36 points, so the coaching staff allowed him to play nearly eight minutes to extend the night of his career. He broke the 50-point threshold with eight seconds remaining, was fouled and knocked down both shots as his teammates, and a healthy gathering of Pistons fans, cheered him on.

Bey is the first Piston to score at least 50 points since Blake Griffin accomplished the feat on Oct. 24, 2018, and the seventh player in team history to do so. Bey’s performance overshadowed an overall strong game by the Pistons as a whole, as they shot 50% from the floor and knocked down 20 of 43 3-point attempts to snap a four-game streak.

Marvin Bagley III finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and knocked down two of five 3-point attempts, and Isaiah Stewart added 16 points and nine rebounds.

Follow Omari Sankofa II on Twitter @omarisankofa.

This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: Pistons’ Saddiq Bey scores 51 points in win over Magic



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