In case you're wondering, nothing unusual occurred in the Orlando Magic locker room at halftime Wednesday night. No one gave an inspirational pep talk. Jacque Vaughn and his coaching staff refrained from making major X's-and-O's adjustments.
But in the third quarter that followed, a dramatic transformation took place. The Magic suddenly resembled the 1995-96
The Magic scored the first 21 points of the second half and turned a close game into a 90-74 laugher that ended with Glen Davis triumphantly gnawing on a turkey leg.
"For a change," Davis said, "it felt good to be on a different side of that run."
On the eve of Thanksgiving, Davis and his Magic teammates had plenty to be thankful for, but perhaps they owe their greatest debt to the NBA schedule-makers who gave them two games against the struggling Pistons in the span of six days.
The Magic (4-7) won both.
They just didn't expect Wednesday's victory at Amway Center to come so easily.
And neither did Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, whose blood pressure must've spiked to dangerously high levels.
"Once they hit us," he said, "we just lost our poise."
The Pistons missed their first 15 shots of the second half and didn't score a point in the half until Rodney Stuckey hit a pair of free-throws with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.
"Some of that was our defense," Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick said. "I think we locked-in pretty well to what we were supposed to do, especially in that third quarter. But some of it [was] they were just having a tough night. It was a tough night for them."
Rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson played his best game so far, scoring a team-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Rookie small forward Maurice Harkless made the first start of his pro career and helped limit Pistons swingman Tayshaun Prince to 10 points.
And Davis scored 11 points and collected a game-high 14 rebounds.
"I thought our defense was pretty good in the first half," Vaughn said. "I think it was just great concentration coming out of halftime, and guys were focused and it showed."
The Magic trailed the Pistons by as many as 10 points in the first quarter — the fifth time this season that Orlando has faced a double-digit deficit in the first period.
But Detroit (2-10) lost momentum when Nicholson drew a charge on Monroe in the quarter's closing seconds.
It was Monroe's second personal foul. He had scored 11 points until then but managed just eight more the rest of the way.
The charging foul ignited a 10-2 Orlando run that started with a long jumper by Redick and culminated with a layup by Arron Afflalo that tied the game 29-29 with 9:19 left before halftime.
That run portended what was to come.
The 21-0 run to begin the second half put Orlando up 66-50.
One minute after Stuckey hit his foul shots, ending the run, Nicholson scored on a wide-open dunk off a feed by Gustavo Ayón.
Frank, exasperated, angrily called a timeout.
"I thought Gustavo was El Spectacular, fantástico," Redick quipped.
Other inexperienced players made contributions, too.
Nicholson provided instant offense.
Harkless tried to make the hustle plays — rebounds, blocked shots and steals — that his veteran teammates have advised him to concentrate on.
He tried his hardest not to smile too much when public-address announcer Paul Porter called out his name during the pregame introductions.
In 21 minutes of playing time, he finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a block.
"It was a great team win," he said. "Everybody played their part."
After it ended, the folks at Fox Sports Florida put a turkey in front of Davis and Nicholson during their postgame interviews.
Davis grabbed a drumstick and took a bite.
He called it one of the five tastiest turkey legs he ever ate.
After a win like that, anything would've tasted delicious.