As player after player went down with a nasty stomach bug, all the Orlando Magic could do was laugh.
Then they took the court and won anyway.
Brandon Bass scored a career-high 27 points, and Orlando overcame a stomach virus that sidelined four key players to beat the Detroit Pistons, 104-91, last night in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Magic were without star center Dwight Howard and point guard Jameer Nelson. J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus were also unavailable.
“We were just kind of relaxed. I think that was a good thing for us to be in here relaxed and kind of joking around,’’ Bass said. “We were all just kind of making it a little joke — that, ‘Man, we’re only going to have seven, eight players.’ ’’
It was actually nine players, but Ryan Anderson went down with a sprained right foot after playing less than a minute. Even so, the Magic hardly looked depleted, shooting 60 percent from the field.
In addition to Bass’s big game, Vince Carter (25) and Marcin Gortat (14) added season highs in scoring, and Orlando won its sixth straight.
“We’re a very deep basketball team that believes in each other,’’ Carter said. “They were shooting at a high level and we wanted to stay close and give ourselves a chance to win.’’
Lakers 113, Kings 80 — Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, Pau Gasol added 16 despite a strained left hamstring, and host Los Angeles easily snapped a four-game losing streak.
Lamar Odom had 16 points and seven rebounds as the two-time defending champions capitalized on nearly optimal conditions for ending their longest skid since April 2007.
Los Angeles jumped to an 18-point lead on lowly Sacramento in the first half and stretched it to 32 before Bryant and Gasol wrapped up their evenings late in the third quarter.
Raptors 111, Thunder 99 — Andrea Bargnani had 26 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 22 points to lift host Toronto over Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City lost for the first time in four games this season without forward Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer at 27.3 points per game. Durant missed his second straight game with a sprained left knee.
Mavericks 93, Jazz 81 — Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting, Caron Butler added 16 points and Dallas extended its winning streak to eight games by knocking out Utah in Salt Lake City.
The Mavericks also snapped Utah’s seven-game winning streak, outscoring the Jazz by a 13-2 margin to start the fourth quarter.
Rockets 127, Grizzlies 111 — Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and matched his career best with 12 assists for Houston in Memphis.
Kevin Martin also had 28 points and Brad Miller (23 points) made all seven of his shots. The Rockets shot 60 percent in the game, including 16 of 23 on 3-pointers.
Wizards 83, Trail Blazers 79 — Host Washington held Portland to 10 points in the third quarter and a season-worst 33.3 shooting percentage to win despite getting only 12 points and a career-low two assists from top draft pick John Wall, who returned to the starting lineup.
Hawks 93, 76ers 88 — Al Horford’s 3-point play with 31 seconds remaining gave host Atlanta its first lead and the Hawks beat Philadelphia for their fifth straight win.
Knicks 100, Hornets 92 — Amar’e Stoudemire had 34 points and 10 assists to power visiting New York to its eighth win in nine games.
Bobcats 91, Nets 84 — Stephen Jackson scored 25 points, Boris Diaw added a career-best 16 rebounds, and host Charlotte recovered from a fourth-quarter meltdown to topple New Jersey in overtime.
Nuggets 109, Clippers 104 — Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, J.R. Smith had 21 and host Denver held off Los Angeles to win its sixth straight and give coach George Karl his 998th career win.
Suns 105, Pacers 97 — Channing Frye scored a season-high 29 points, Jason Richardson added 21 and Phoenix rallied past road-weary Indiana.
Spurs 107, Timberwolves 101 — Tim Duncan scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help host San Antonio rally from a 15-point deficit to down Minnesota.