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Detroit Pistons’ rookies, Isaiah Stewart lead to 113-109 win vs. Magic

A late 3-pointer by Isaiah Stewart allowed the Detroit Pistons to start off their 2022-23 season with a gutsy win.

Stewart drained the 3, his only make of the night, with 11 seconds left to extend the lead to four. Despite trailing by 15 midway through the first quarter, the Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic at Little Caesars Arena, 113-109, on Wednesday.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 24 points, rookie Jaden Ivey scored 19 points and dished four assists, and Cade Cunningham tallied a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Jalen Duren also had a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Last summer’s No. 1 overall pick, Paolo Banchero, led all scorers with 27 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists.

Ivey, Duren ace rookie debuts

Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) and guard Jaden Ivey (23) blocks a jump shot by Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero (5) during the first half of the season opener at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 .

Ivey and Duren were both in the top five on Detroit’s draft board this past summer. They are two of the best athletes in their draft class, and showed glimpses of why during preseason. Ivey is already one of the NBA’s quickest athletes. He commands attention when the ball in his hands di lui, and defenses have to be on full alert when he darts to the rim. Duren is a powerful, high-jumping big man who’s already physically-imposing at 18-years-old.

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