Bargnani, Turkoglu Lead Raptors To 94-64 Rout In Detroit
December 23, 2009
TORONTO (CP) — The Raptors took advantage of a depleted Pistons lineup to pick up a rare win in Detroit.
Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 21 points in a 94-64 win over the Pistons, snapping an 11-game losing streak in the Motor City.
``We really needed this win, because we've struggled here and we didn't want to give them a window of opportunity,'' Chris Bosh said. ``I didn't know the streak was that high, but I knew I had never won here.''
Detroit shot 28 per cent from the floor, matching its lowest point total since the shot clock was implemented for the 1954-55 season. The Raptors entered ranked 29th out of 30 NBA teams in points allowed.
``That was a terrible, embarrassing loss,'' Kuester said. ``I'm taking the blame on myself, because we didn't look prepared, and that's my job.''
Detroit, which has lost six straight, played without Ben Gordon (ankle), Richard Hamilton (hamstring) and Tayshaun Prince (back). Charlie Villanueva went 0 of 7 from the field while being limited to 12 minutes by a foot injury.
``That's not a reason for us to play like this,'' Chucky Atkins said. ``We won five straight games with those guys out, but we aren't playing as a team right now. We aren't moving the ball at all.''
Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu had 11 points and a season-best 11 assists _ one more than the entire Pistons team.
``I knew I had a lot of assists, and if I've got the ball in my hands, I'll make sure the guys get the best shots,'' Turkoglu said. ``That's teamwork. We had great teamwork tonight.''
Reserve Will Bynum had 12 points for Detroit, but the starters were a combined 11 of 42 as the Pistons finished 12 points below its previous season low.
``When we are missing that many guys, doing the small things becomes paramount,'' Kuester said. ``We're trying to keep things as simple as possible, but it isn't working.''
Detroit scored 64 points in a loss to San Antonio on Feb. 21, 1999, and in a two-point victory over Utah on March 13, 2005.
Toronto led 54-37 at halftime, holding the Pistons to 31 per cent shooting. Rodney Stuckey went 1 of 11 for Detroit, which would have been down by a bigger margin if not for 14 offensive rebounds in the first two quarters.
The Raptors went ahead by 23 midway through the third, as Detroit continued to struggle from the field, and eventually led by as many as 31.
``This was good _ I still think we could have rebounded better, but we had very active hands,'' Toronto coach Jay Triano said. ``I think we counted 27 deflections and we had energy. We defended and we shared the basketball. We're a pretty tough team when we share the ball.''
NOTES: Detroit missed its first seven three-point attempts before Jonas Jerebko hit one with 3:21 left in the third. ... Bynum appeared to hit a long three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, but a replay review ruled that the shot clock had expired with 0.5 seconds left in the period. After the review, Marco Belinelli hit a 55-foot jumper, but it also was waved off by a replay review. ... The last time the franchise had fewer than 64 points was Fort Wayne's 86-63 loss to the Syracuse Nationals on March 4, 1954. Fort Wayne beat the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in the NBA's lowest-scoring game on Nov. 22, 1950.