Raptors beat Pistons 99-82 to end 5-game skid
Posted at: 03/29/2013 9:39 PM
(AP) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 21 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 99-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
The Raptors led 46-45 at the break and took control by outscoring Detroit 23-5 in the first eight minutes of the third period. Gay, who had just two points at halftime, scored 19 points during the third.
Amir Johnson added 20 points, including 10 during the second period that helped the Raptors take the lead for good.
Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry added 11 assists.
Jonas Jerebko scored 20 points to lead the Pistons, who also got 17 from rookie Andre Drummond in their eighth straight home loss. Detroit made just six field goals in the third and often couldn’t seem to find Gay once he got hot.
The Pistons turned the ball over four times in the third and Toronto turned the miscues into nine points. Detroit ended the game with 13 giveaways.
Drummond, who missed 22 games with a stress fracture in his lower back, made his first career start.
Kyle Singler added 13 points and Greg Monroe added 11 and 13 rebounds, as Detroit fell for the 12th time in its last 13 games.
It was the first time the Raptors played against Pistons point guard Jose Calderon since the Jan. 30 trade that sent Prince to Memphis and Gay to Toronto
NOTES: Pistons guard Brandon Knight left the game less than a minute in after a collision with Toronto’s DeRozan left him with a bloody nose. He returned a few minutes later wearing a protective mask but limped off the floor after being fouled midway through the fourth quarter. . It was `90s Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Actor Luke Perry of "Beverly Hills 90210" fame presented the game ball.
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