DETROIT (AP) — Trey Lyles scored 21 factors, Cade Cunningham and Hamidou Diallo every added 18 and the Detroit Pistons extending their shocking stretch by beating the Toronto Raptors 103-87 on Friday night time.
The Pistons are 5-3 in 2022 after ending 2021 with 18 losses of their final 19 video games.
Josh Jackson had 13 factors off the bench because the Pistons held Toronto to 32.2% capturing. With three starters spending a lot of the night time in foul bother, Lyles and Jackson got here off the bench to play an necessary function within the win.
Fred VanVleet had 24 factors and 10 assists for Toronto, however shot 6 for 21 from the ground. Pascal Siakam added 23 factors and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who’ve misplaced two straight after profitable six in a row.
Detroit constructed a 56-43 halftime lead — its largest of the season — by holding the Raptors to twenty-eight.6% capturing, together with 2 for 9 for VanVleet. The Pistons additionally had a 22-7 edge in bench factors for the half, together with 15 from Lyles.
Detroit prolonged the result in as many as 18, however had a number of key gamers in foul bother. The Raptors received inside 69-60, however their continued offensive struggles meant they trailed 83-66 on the finish of the third.
Jackson began the fourth with a 3-pointer, giving the Pistons their first 20-point lead of the season, however VanVleet’s 3-pointer made it 91-83 with 3:39 to play. Cunningham put the margin again to 11 with a 3-pointer with 2:41 left, and Detroit clinched the sport from the free throw line.
Raptors: Toronto was beginning a five-game street journey and a stretch of eight of 10 video games away from house. … VanVleet got here into the sport having made no less than 4 3-pointers in a franchise-record 9 straight video games, the longest streak within the NBA this season. He missed eight of his first 11 makes an attempt, however prolonged the document with a 3-pointer with 7:06 to play.
Pistons: Detroit has received 5 of its final eight, however all three losses have been by no less than 29 factors, together with a 133-87 defeat by the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Raptors: Go to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
Pistons: Host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in a sport initially scheduled for Jan. 12.
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