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Reggie Jackson returns after missing Pistons' first 21 games

Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson made his season debut Sunday after missing the first 21 games with knee tendinitis.

Jackson started in the Pistons' 98-92 loss against the Orlando Magic. He had 18 points and 4 assists in 23 minutes

"I felt good out there, but I wish we could have gotten a win out of it,'' Jackson said. "I think there might have been a little rust, but I was able to do everything I need to do. I wouldn't be out there if I was going to be physically limited.''

On Jackson's first possession, the Pistons went to their bread-and-butter play -- Jackson and Andre Drummond running a high pick-and-roll. Jackson came off the screen and hit a 3-pointer, bringing a cheer from the small crowd.

Without Jackson, the Pistons posted an 11-10 record and had a three-game winning streak before Sunday's loss.

Ish Smith has started at point guard in Jackson's absence, posting averages of 10.8 points, 6.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds.

Jackson averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 assists last season for the Pistons, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.