12/19 21:24 CST Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss
Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) --- Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points to lead a
balanced offense as the Toronto Raptors beat Detroit 110-100 on Friday night,
handing the Pistons their 12th straight home loss.
Brandon Jennings scored 22 points to lead Detroit, which extended its
single-season franchise record for consecutive home losses and moved within
seven of the NBA record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.
Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams had 15 points each, James Johnson scored 12, and
Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross added 11 each for the Raptors.
The score was tied at 52 at halftime before Toronto pulled away in the third
quarter. Detroit turned the ball over four times in the first 2 minutes,
allowing the Raptors to take a six-point lead. The Raptors extended the lead to
15 later in the period before Detroit pulled to 81-70 at the end of the period.
Johnson's dunk on Andre Drummond made it 95-75 midway through the fourth and on
Toronto's next possession, Drummond smashed into Johnson with a forearm and hip
smash. That set off a melee that saw Drummond get a flagrant foul and four
technicals called. At least one Raptors fan was ejected at the same time after
a verbal altercation with the Pistons' Josh Smith.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points and Greg Monroe had 17 for the
The game was played in front of a pro-Raptors crowd, as Toronto fans took
advantage of Detroit's meager attendance. Chants of "Let's Go Raptors" and "We
The North" rang through the arena all night, while Lowry was greeted with
"M-V-P" while shooting free throws.
The Pistons dominated most of the first half, leading by as many as 11 points
as Toronto missed its first 10 jump shots, but the Raptors put together a run
at the end of the second quarter. Lowry missed a floater at the halftime buzzer
that would have given Toronto its first lead, leaving the game tied at 52.
The teams combined to miss 18 of 22 3-point attempts in the half, leaving most
of the points coming at the rim. The Pistons had a 38-32 edge on points in the
paint, and only turned the ball over twice.
Raptors: The game was delayed for several minutes in the third quarter after
Landry Fields flipped over Kyle Singler and hit the back of his head on the
floor. Fields needed eight stitches to the back of his head, but passed all
Pistons: The Pistons have now gone six weeks without a win at the Palace. They
are 2-13 at home this season, with the last win coming Nov. 7 against
Milwaukee. ... The Pistons lost 13 straight at home bridging the 1979-80 and
Raptors: Host New York on Sunday.
Pistons: At Brooklyn on Sunday.