TORONTO, April 1 (Ticker) --
Lenny Wilkens tied Bill Fitch for the most
losses as an NBA coach as his Toronto Raptors fell behind early
and were unable to come all the way back in a 92-85 setback to
the Detroit Pistons.
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Wilkens, who reportedly is in danger of losing his job at
season's end, has 1,106 losses, tying Fitch. He can break the
record in the finale of the home-and-home series Wednesday in
"I've had a great career," Wilkens said. "If you're around long
enough, that happens. I don't think it's any big thing. I think
I've been here a long time and I've been successful. So with
success, that comes."
After falling behind by 22 points, the Raptors rallied within
86-83 with 1:38 left on Rafer Alston's
three-point play, which
capped a 12-2 run. But former Raptor Chauncey Billups
free throws in the final minute to seal the victory for the
"We were real upset being down by that much and allowing them to
get some easy baskets," Alston said. "We might have run out of
gas. When you come back the way that we came back, you work
Billups scored 17 points, going 11-of-11 from the line. Richard
led Detroit with 20 points.
"It's not always going to be pretty," Pistons coach Rick
Carlisle said. "The important thing is we got out of here
The Pistons opened a 55-36 lead with 9:11 left in the third
quarter on Clifford Robinson's
3-pointer. The Raptors did not
get back within single digits until Vince Carter scored on a
driving layup with 3:49 to play, making it 84-75.
scored 21 points and Carter added 20 for Toronto.
had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors
and has collected double-doubles in back-to-back games for the
first time in his career.
The Pistons (47-26) moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the Indiana
Pacers in their quest for a second straight Central Division
"Anytime you can get a win, you've got to be happy," said
, who had 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting off
the bench. "This is the stretch run towards the end of the
season. You want to get to where you are playing some of your
had six points, 20 rebounds and three blocks for
Detroit. It was his 16th 20-rebound game of the season and
eighth since March 1. Wallace has had at least 16 boards in 12
Pistons guard Chucky Atkins
missed his fifth straight game with
a bruised knee, while the Raptors dressed only 10 players and
still have not had a full 12-man roster in uniform this season.
Detroit forward Mehmet Okur
suffered a sprained ankle midway
through the second quarter and did not return after scoring
eight points in 11 minutes.
The Pistons have won four straight games at the Air Canada
Centre and 13 of 15 in Toronto.