Orlando fires GM Hennigan after missing playoffs for 5 years

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Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with 22 points off the bench, Ish Smith added 16 points with nine assists while Marcus Morris chipped in with 12 points. Ellenson (12 points) scored six during the spurt, but missed three field throws, which could have increased the margin. Then he all but sealed the game on a 14-foot pullup jumper that pulled the Magic out front 111-106 and sent the sold out crowd at Amway Center into a frenzy.

Hennigan's tenure suffered a serious setback after his June draft-night trade for Serge Ibaka failed to yield positive results. The Magic finished this season 29-53 after entering the year with expectations of breaking through to the postseason under first-year coach Frank Vogel. "That was pretty awesome".

But the Magic starting group - led by Aaron Gordon's 32 points and 12 rebounds - returned in the fourth to hand Detroit its 28th road loss of the season. However, prior to closing out their season on a high note, the Magic notably fell to the Chicago Bulls by the score of 122-75 on Monday evening. "We talked about that before the game", Payton said. "That message is the right one and it should resonate and carry into next year".

Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points in the third quarter when the Pistons cut the big early deficit to just six points. Henry Ellenson had 12 points, including nine in the fourth quarter rally. The Pistons (37-44) trailed through the first three quarters but made a late-game charge before bowing to Payton's heroics.

The team said Lloyd would be considered to take the job on a permanent basis. "Always down early. Our starters rarely got us off to a good start. I'm happy how the game went and pleased with the W". We had some resilience to come back and we can't shoot.

While there's nothing to play for tonight, there are some things to get (semi) excited about. But Orlando made enough plays behind Payton and Gordon to avoid yet another disheartening loss as the season closed.