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Pistons resist in season opener 113-109 win over Magic

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Detroit — Whatever the score, if there’s one thing to take away from the Pistons’ debut of the 2022-23 season, it’s the team’s resilience.

With 11.6 seconds left in the game, Cade Cunningham went to the basket and passed Isaiah Stewart, who calmly knocked down the 3-pointer he had taken throughout the season.

The moment was important because Stewart had missed his previous three-pointers, but he was confident in his ability to do what really matters.

“This last one was the right game,” said coach Dwane Casey. “The game was for Cade, we created an open space for the cade in the middle of the paint and the guy sucked the weak side and Cade did the right game of basketball, which was a big time.”

Detroit's Jaden Ivey beat Orlando's Caleb Houston in the second quarter to reach the net.

Despite a late rally from Orlando, Detroit kept its cool and secured a 113-109 win—the first in a season opener since Detroit’s October 23, 2019 win over the Indiana Pacers 119-110.

“It was too big for his trust,” Casey said of Stewart. “He was 4 out of 3? I was proud of him – he didn’t keep hunting them. The game didn’t show up to him and he made the right games.”