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Prince's putback made it 97-89 -- with Howard's absence hurting Orlando until the very end.
Maxiell gave Detroit a lift with his energy, opening the game with a dunk and making a nice play in the third quarter when he saved a ball from going out of bounds at the offensive end and then took a pass for a layup.
Monroe, meanwhile, was an efficient 9 of 11 from the field. The Detroit big man made an athletic play in the third when he came up with a steal at midcourt and went all the way for a breakaway dunk and a 68-61 lead.
NOTES: Detroit's Ben Wallace surpassed 7,000 defensive rebounds. ... Orlando's J.J. Redick was called for a technical foul in the second quarter. ... The Pistons outscored the Magic 56-30 in the paint.
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