NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Toronto|
(Wednesday, March 12th)
Final Score: Toronto 101, Detroit 87
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors got
back on track by posting a 101-87 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons
behind 25 points from the All-Star guard.
Amir Johnson compiled 20 points and nine rebounds to help the Raptors bounce
back from Tuesday's loss at division-rival Brooklyn, during which DeRozan was
held to 14 points. Kyle Lowry chipped in 19 points and six assists in the
current Atlantic leaders' fourth win in five games.
"We didn't shoot the ball that well, but pretty or not pretty, it's a win for
us, much needed," Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez said. "We're playing
good basketball. I think over the last two or three weeks we have been playing
The fading Pistons were dealt a 10th straight road loss despite Brandon
Jennings' 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Andre Drummond finished with 16
points for Detroit, while Greg Monroe recorded 13 along with 10 rebounds.
Toronto set the tone early in a contest it nearly led the entire way, hitting
five of its first seven field goal attempts while putting forth a 14-3 run
after Monroe scored the game's initial basket. A 7-2 spurt, which began with a
deep three from Lowry, later in the opening quarter had Toronto up by a 29-15
count with under two minutes to go in the frame.
Detroit responded by ripping off 14 consecutive points to draw even, but the
Raptors countered with a 10-2 surge and took a 39-31 lead following Steve
Novak's trey midway through the second quarter.
Toronto went into the break owning a 52-45 advantage, then extended the margin
with a strong start to the second half. A pair of buckets from Johnson and
another Lowry three highlighted an 11-0 sequence that staked the Raptors to
their largest lead of the night, a 65-47 cushion with 7:40 left in the third
The Pistons were able to close the gap prior to the expiration of the period,
though, coming through with a 14-2 burst to finish out the stanza. Jennings
ripped off 10 points in the last three minutes, including back-to-back treys
that brought Detroit within 74-69 entering the fourth.
The momentum was short-lived, however, as Toronto opened the final session on
a 9-0 run to create some distance and carried a double-digit differential for
the majority of the game's duration.
"We had momentum going into the fourth quarter, but we missed a few shots at
the rim early and they made a couple of shots," said Monroe. "We hit a cold
spell, missed some chippies in the beginning of the quarter right at the rim."
Toronto outrebounded the Pistons by a 54-39 count, leading to a 22-10
advantage in second-chance points. Jonas Valanciunas topped the Raptors with
13 boards ... Detroit's road skid is its longest since an 11-game slide from
Feb. 23-Apr. 5, 2011 ... The Raptors improved to 15-4 in their last 19 outings
at Air Canada Centre ... Toronto forward Patrick Patterson missed a third
straight game with a sprained right elbow.
03/12 22:57:54 ET