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    Luka Garza scores 21; Detroit Pistons close Summer League with win

    LAS VEGAS — Hours before the game began, Luka Garza inked a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons to secure his role as a rookie next season. He followed that with his best performance of the Summer League. 

    Garza had his third-straight double-double with 21points and 15 rebounds to lead the Pistons to their third straight win, a 79-78 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday. After losing their first two games in Vegas, the Pistons rallied to finish the summer slate with a winning record, with the last two victories coming without Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes. 

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    Saben Lee added 19 points and eight assists, and Jamorko Pickett — a nice surprise for Detroit after a four-year career at Georgetown — had 14 points and six rebounds. 

    The Pistons led by as many as many as 13, but a late layup by Pontiac native Yante Maten cut the deficit to one, 79-78, at the buzzer. 

    Pistons center Luka Garza looks on during the Summer League game on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Las Vegas.

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    There aren’t too many bigs in the NBA who can hit 3-pointers both off the dribble and off the catch, post-up and rebound effectively. But Garza, who was a four-year standout at Iowa, did all of that and more in Vegas. 

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