Prince Leads Pistons to Rout of Raptors
Detroit 117, Toronto 84
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 5 (Ticker) -- Tayshaun Prince already is paying dividends on his new contract.
Prince scored 11 of his 27 points in the first quarter as the Detroit Pistons extended their season-opening winning streak to three games with a 117-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
"It was just a situation where I was getting some easy shots and a lot of good looks," said Prince, who fell four points shy of his career high set March 14 against Atlanta. "We wanted to jump on them early and let the defense take over."
After dominating his matchup with rookie Joey Graham, Prince fared just as well against Matt Bonner and shot 10-of-17 from the floor in just over 34 minutes. One of his misses - a lefthanded floater in the lane - was slammed home by Ben Wallace.
"It was definitely my focus to go after the mismatches," said Chauncey Billups, who supplied nine assists. "We wanted to get the ball to the guys with the best opportunities to score."
Prince added nine more points in a 14-2 run in the third period as the Pistons established a 72-45 advantage.
Richard Hamilton, whose jumper at the buzzer gave Detroit an 82-81 victory in Boston on Friday, scored 18 points and Wallace added 15 and 13 rebounds as the Pistons shot 48 percent (43-of-89).
"I thought we were very aggressive," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "Tayshaun was and so was Rip (Hamilton). Ben was great in the third quarter. They tried to stay small, and we got the ball to Ben and he made great plays."
Carlos Arroyo, who beat the first-quarter buzzer with a jumper to give the Pistons a 38-22 lead, and Argentine Carlos Delfino each scored 10 points off the bench to give the team seven players in double figures.
"I think our guys are starting to understand what we want to do out there," Saunders said.
Jalen Rose scored 25 points on 8-of-20 shooting for the Raptors, who have lost their first three games. First-round pick Charlie Villanueva managed just four points in 25 minutes after scoring 20 in the first two games.
"We just got beat," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "I think we're overwhelmed right now, but no one feels sorry for us and we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to remember these beatings and give them back someday."
Toronto played the final three quarters without center-forward Aaron Williams, whose hard fall following a block of Hamilton resulted in a dislocated middle finger on his left hand.