After losing two straight games, the Toronto Raptors bounced back Wednesday night as they defeated the Detroit Pistons 112-91. The Raptors struggled early, but thanks to the leadership of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, the team went on to fix their early problems and dominate the Pistons. The Raptors move to 17-17 on the season and have won six of their last eight. The Pistons fall to 14-22 and have lost six in a row.
Points By Quarter
Here are some notes from the game:
- Trailing by four at half, the Raptors went on to outscore the Pistons by 25 in the second half while holding them to just 37 points.
- Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry led the way with 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Lowry was a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line and 4-6 from downtown.
- Jonas Valanciunas recorded another double-double as he scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds. Valanciunas was a force in the paint and his pump fakes which led to dunks flat out embarrassed Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
- DeMar DeRozan really struggled from the field shooting 3-15. However, he got to the free throw line early and often, finding other ways to score. He finished 13-16 from the free throw line, giving him 19 points on the night. DeRozan also added six rebounds and four assists.
- The Raptors bench had a solid outing with each of the four main reserves contributing. Patrick Patterson had eight points, four assists and three rebounds, while Greivis Vasquez had seven points, six rebounds and three assists. John Salmons had seven points, while Chuck Hayes put forth his best game as a Raptor, scoring five points and adding seven rebounds.
- Brandon Jennings led the way for the Pistons with 22 points and nine assists. Jennings continues to struggle with his shot as he went 6-19 from the floor. He is now on a stretch where he has missed 35 of his last 45 shots.
- Pistons big man Greg Monroe had a double-double, scoring 11 points and adding 11 rebounds. Teammate Andre Drummond was limited offensively with six points, but pulled down 16 rebounds.
- Pistons rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was one of the few bright spots for the team as he poured in 13 points on 6-8 shooting.
NEXT GAME: Saturday, January 11 vs. Brooklyn Nets. 7 pm. ET start
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