The Pistons assemble a strong bench for the victory over the Raptors


DETROIT (AP) — Trey Lyles scored 21 points, Cade Cunningham and Hamidou Diallo added 18 apiece and the Detroit Pistons extended their amazing streak with a 103-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

The Pistons are 5-3 in 2022 after finishing 2021 with 18 losses in their last 19 games.

Josh Jackson scored 13 points off the bench and the Pistons held Toronto to 32.2% shooting. With three starters spending much of the night in foul trouble, Lyles and Jackson came off the bench to play important roles in the victory.

Fred VanVleet had 24 points and 10 assists for Toronto, but shot 6-for-21 from the floor. Pascal Siakam added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who lost two in a row after winning six in a row.

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Detroit built a 56-43 halftime lead, its biggest of the season, by holding the Raptors to 28.6% shooting, including 2-of-9 for VanVleet. The Pistons also held a 22-7 lead in bench points during the half, including 15 from Lyles.

Detroit stretched the lead to 18 but had several key players in foul trouble. The Raptors closed within 69-60, but their continued offensive problems meant they trailed 83-66 late in the third.

Jackson led off the fourth with a 3-pointer, giving the Pistons their first 20-point lead of the season, but VanVleet’s 3-pointer made it 91-83 with 3:39 left. Cunningham put the margin back to 11 with a 3-pointer with 2:41 left, and Detroit clinched the game from the free throw line.


Raptors: Toronto began a five-game road trip and a streak of eight of 10 games away from home. … VanVleet came into the game having made at least four 3-pointers in a franchise-record nine straight games, the longest streak in the NBA this season. He missed eight of his first 11 attempts, but extended the record with a 3-pointer with 7:06 left.

Pistons: Detroit has won five of its last eight, but all three losses have been by at least 29 points, including a 133-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

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Raptors: visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Pistons: Host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in a game originally scheduled for Jan. 12.

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