Raptors Fall Short On The Road To Pistons
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March 16, 2011
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Richard Hamilton scored 24 points, Greg Monroe added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons ended a three-game losing streak with a 107-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
Toronto scored the game's first basket, but never led again.
Tayshaun Prince added 22 points for the Pistons and Rodney Stuckey, Detroit's leading scorer, had a career-high 14 assists while taking just one shot.
Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 20 points, while Leandro Barbosa added 18 off the bench.
With Ben Wallace back in the lineup after missing eight games due a death in his family, Detroit scored a season-high 38 points in the first quarter. The Pistons led by as many 20 in the second, but the Raptors cut the margin to 63-52 at halftime.
Toronto was as close as six on multiple occasions in the third, but couldn't get any closer. The Pistons took an 87-76 advantage into the fourth.
The Raptors made a final surge, pulling within 89-84, but couldn't get enough stops to get closer.
NOTES: Although St. Patrick's Day isn't until Thursday, the Raptors wore green uniforms. ... Pistons coach John Kuester said before the game that he doesn't expect second-year forward Jonas Jerebko to play this season. Jerebko had been hoping to see some action after tearing his Achilles' tendon during the preseason. ... Stuckey had 13 assists before attempting his first shot - a missed fast-break layup with 3:52 to go. ... The Pistons used their 18th starting lineup of the season, playing their four oldest players - Wallace, Prince, Hamilton and Tracy McGrady - along with rookie Monroe.