Bey’s friend scored 51 points, the highest of his career, and the Detroit Pistons ended their four-game losing streak with a 134-120 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
Bay tied the club’s record by firing 10 to 14 from a 3-point span and had 17 of 27 shots on his total in-game credit.
Two nights after Kyrie Irving scored 16 points for Brooklyn against Magic in the first quarter and had a total of 60 points, Bey scored 21 points against him in the first quarter.
“I watched some of those plays and they were very effective … It was great to see that performance and I think during the NBA there have been a lot of great performances in the last two weeks,” Bay said. “I am just grateful to play in this league and have the opportunity.”
Marvin Bagley III scored 20 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit in a game between two ranks and files of the Eastern Conference. Franz Wagner was Orlando’s best attacker with 26 points.
“Rebuilding is always awful,” Detroit coach Duane Casey said. “But there are so many beautiful moments, like tonight.”
Bey finished the first half in stunning fashion, scoring five points in less than five seconds. He hit a 20-foot bullet while falling off the field 8.8 seconds before the end of the match. He stole a feel and hit a triple pointer with 3.9secs left to lift the Pistons 73-62.
“He had 30 points in half a game so we were expecting 50 for sure,” said Pistons defender Isaiah Stewart, who scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds.
The Magic scored the first nine points of the game, but this lead was quickly negated by Bey. The Pistons took a forward lead over Stewart’s dunk who broke the 50-50 tie midway through the second half.
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