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Bosh, Bargnani Burn Pistons In See-Saw Battle At ACC

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November 4, 2009

TORONTO (CP) - The Toronto Raptors had just enough to beat an injury-riddled team playing its second game in as many nights - and things are about to get a lot more difficult.

Chris Bosh had 25 points and Andrea Bargnani added 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Raptors held off the Detroit Pistons 110-99 on Wednesday. Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points and six assists for the Raptors (2-2), who erupted for 44 points in the second quarter, then held off a spirited second-half charge from the Pistons to end a two-game losing streak.

Ben Gordon had a game-high 30 points for the Pistons (2-3), while ex-Raptors forward Charlie Villanueva added 16 and Will Bynum had 16 off the bench. Rodney Stuckey chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The win was a pivotal one for the Raptors, who will play seven of their next eight games away from Toronto. They begin a three-game trip in New Orleans on Friday, then return home for a game against Chicago next Wednesday before heading out on a four-game jaunt to the West Coast.

Raptors head coach Jay Triano said he doesn't see the point in worrying about the trip, which will include games against West powers San Antonio, Denver, New Orleans and Utah.

``To be honest, I haven't even thought of the road trip,'' Triano said after the game. ``I'm not going to look at a back-to-back and think of the second game, I'm going to play them one at a time and do whatever we can to try and win games, and sweep them all.''

If the Raptors don't work on improving their defence - they allowed 99 points to a team that came in averaging just 87 per game - future victories may be scarce.

After trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Pistons came out firing in the fourth quarter, cutting an eight-point deficit to three on a Jason Maxiell dunk with 8:42 remaining. Detroit might have dealt more damage had it not been for Bargnani, who electrified the Air Canada Centre crowd with a pair of emphatic blocks.

Following a Toronto timeout, Bynum hit a three and followed with a layup to give Detroit a 91-90 lead, its first since early in the second quarter. Jose Calderon responded with a three to put the Raptors back out in front, and Turkoglu buried a 17-foot pull-up jumper with 3:45 left to cap an 11-2 run that gave Toronto a 101-93 advantage. They weren't seriously challenged the rest of the way.

The Pistons were without guard Richard Hamilton (ankle) and forward Tayshaun Prince (back), and were playing the second game of a back-to-back. Raptors guard Jarrett Jack said Toronto's game-ending 20-8 run was largely due to Detroit's fatigue level.

``They fought hard to get back into the game,'' said Jack. ``They really don't have anyone getting them easy baskets in the paint. With (Gordon) pressing so much to keep them in the game in the first half, it seemed as if he kind of slowed down.''

Villanueva agreed.

``It just seemed like we ran out of gas,'' said Villanueva, who added seven rebounds in defeat. ``We dug ourselves a hole, but we got out of it. It's situations like that when we take the lead that we have to be poised and do what we were doing that got us that lead.

``We just ran out of gas.''

One area of concern for the Raptors is the play of Calderon. He had just one assist against the Pistons, his lowest total since Jan. 2, 2009, when he was held without an assist in the Raptors' 94-73 win over Houston. Calderon left that game early in the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

``He's only human,'' said Bosh. ``We're all going to go through slumps, whether it's the beginning or the end of the season. He just has to keep his head up, and make sure he practises and works hard to get out of it. It happens.

``I know he wants to play well every game, but it's not going to happen every game.''

Notes: Jack had the assist of the night, hitting Bargnani with a scintillating behind-the-head pass that led to an easy dunk. ... Raptors F Charles Oakley given a warm ovation at the end of the first quarter as part of the team's 15th anniversary celebrations. Oakley appeared in 208 regular-season games with the Raptors from 1998-2001, averaging 7.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. ... Toronto F Reggie Evans missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left foot. ... Prior to his injury, Tayshaun Prince had appeared in 496 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the league. Portland Trail Blazers G Andre Miller has played in 535 straight games. ... The Raptors have lost more games to Detroit than to any other team. Wednesday's win improved their record all-time against the Pistons to 13-37.