The Pistons, whose road losing streak reached 10 games, turned
the ball over 17 times, leading to 20 Toronto points.
"For us, over these last 14 games, we're averaging 11 (turnovers),"
Pistons coach John Loyer said. "We've done it and have been second
in the league. So just to come out and turn it over the way we did
and not get good shots hasn't been our M.O. We had enough transition
possessions and just came up empty on quite a few of them."
Guard DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with a game-high 25 points as
Toronto defeated Detroit for the fifth time in six meetings.
Afterward, DeRozan admitted he began changing his preparation habits
late last season.
"I always come in, sometimes late at night, and do the ice tub," he
said. "Take care of myself the best way I can. It hasn't really been
bothering me. I really realized when you play a lot of minutes, you
definitely got to take care of yourself. You got to eat right (and)
get the right amount of rest.
"Even all the little things I never used to do, I'm just trying to
do all that so I can always feel fresh."
Toronto guard Kyle Lowry went 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and he
scored 19 points. Forward Amir Johnson finished 8-for-14 from the
field and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line for 20 points in the win.
"We had a tough loss in Brooklyn, it was coming off a back-to-back,"
Johnson said. "We had a day off and we knew that Detroit had a
back-to-back, so we definitely wanted to emphasize our energy."
The win is Toronto's 15th in their last 19 at home and 10th victory
in their last 13 overall.
Detroit's road record fell to 10-20.
Guard Brandon Jennings had a team-high 24 points for the Pistons
(25-40). Detroit center Andre Drummond scored 16 points and grabbed
nine rebounds, and forwards Greg Monroe and Josh Smith each had 13
"They play well together," Monroe said of the Raptors. "They move
the ball and they make a lot of mid-range shots. Tonight they just
had too many offensive rebounds.
"I think that was the difference in the game."
Toronto finished with 15 offensive rebounds and a 54-39 overall edge
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"I thought the guards came back in and did a good job of helping
out, putting a body on guys, sandwiching their bigs and cleaning up
the lane," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said of his team's rebounding.
"I know Grievis Vasquez had eight rebounds, and all those were
defensive. He did a great job, coming back and helping on the
The Raptors improved to 15-0 at home, 27-2 overall, when leading
after three quarters.
Toronto (36-27) opened an 18-point lead to start the third thanks to
a 13-2 run led by Lowry. The Raptors never looked back.
Led by Jennings and Smith, the Pistons went on an 11-0 run in the
second quarter, tying the score at 29.
However, Toronto, helped by seven points off the bench, took a 52-45
lead into halftime.
The Raptors used an early 13-3 run, led by center Jonas Valanciunas
and Johnson, to take 29-21 after the first quarter. Johnson finished
the first quarter 3-for-4 from the field, while Lowry was 2-for-3
from 3-point range.
NOTES: Detroit fell to 5-10 under John Loyer, who was named head
coach in early February. ... The Pistons are 3 1/2 games behind the
idle Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference. ... With their loss in Brooklyn on Monday,
Toronto's Atlantic Division lead over the Nets shrunk to three
games. Both teams won Wednesday. The Raptors have one division title
in their previous 18 seasons, and they have not made the playoffs
since 2008. ... NBA legend and former Raptors player Muggsy Bogues
was in attendance. ... Detroit plays at home Saturday against the
Indiana Pacers. Toronto continues its three-game homestand Friday
against the Memphis Grizzlies and Sunday against the Phoenix Suns.
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