AUBURN HILLS, MI – The flaming-hot Toronto Raptors defeated the Detroit Pistons on Monday, winning 103-89.
Toronto controlled the game throughout, and proved its dominance in the East, having won 14 of their last 15. The Raptors led by as many as 21 points, thanks in large part to all-star Kyle Lowry.
Lowry’s aggressive play and solid scoring output solidified runs by the Raptors throughout the game, opening the fourth quarter on a 11-2 run.
The Pistons were slowed down by the stifling Toronto defense, who avoided offensive rebounds. Instead, the Raptors opted to limit Detroit’s transition opportunities; the strategy was effective, considering that Toronto was knocking down their shots.
The Pistons didn’t receive a truly solid scoring output from anyone, as all of their players were limited by the defense. Andre Drummond knocked down a ¾ court buzzer beater to end the third quarter, but that was about it for the Pistons.
The Raptors received help from DeMar DeRozan along with other key bench players. Toronto’s Terrence Ross provided 18 points off of the bench.
Fans from Toronto were in attendance, thanks to Michigan’s close proximity with the Canadian city.
Toronto (35-16) will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Detroit (27-26) will host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, and will retire Chauncey Billups’ jersey