DeRozan scores 25 as Raptors beat Pistons 101-87

  • Article by: IAN HARRISON
  • Associated Press
  • March 12, 2014 - 8:45 PM

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Amir Johnson had 20 against his former team and the Toronto Raptors handed Detroit its 10th straight road defeat, beating the Pistons 101-87 Wednesday night.

Kyle Lowry added 19 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who won for the fourth time in five meetings with Detroit. Toronto has won 15 of 19 at home after losing eight of its first 12 home games this season.

Toronto won for the 10th time in 13 games and improved to 30-7 when holding its opponent below 100 points.

Brandon Jennings scored 24 points for the Pistons, who have not won away from home since beating Washington on Jan. 18. It's Detroit's longest road skid since losing 11 in a row from Feb. 23 to April 5, 2011.

Eleven of Detroit's remaining 17 games are on the road.

Greg Monroe had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, Andre Drummond scored 16 and Josh Smith had 13.

Detroit dropped to 4-11 since Jon Loyer replaced Maurice Cheeks as coach on Feb. 9. The Pistons have lost 17 of 24 overall.

Ahead by five points to begin the fourth quarter, Toronto took control with a 9-0 run, including a three-point play by DeRozan and a 3-pointer from Greivis Vasquez.

The slumping Pistons, who had closed the third on a 12-2 spurt, missed their first six field goal attempts in the fourth and could not recover. The Raptors are 27-2 this season when leading after three quarters, including 15-0 at home.

Toronto led 29-15 on a jump shot by John Salmons with 1:54 left in the first quarter, but Detroit answered with a 14-0 run, tying it at 29-29 on a 3 from Bynum at 8:37 of the second. Amir Johnson ended Toronto's 5:37 scoreless drought with a layup on the next possession.

Smith scored eight points in the second while Bynum and Drummond each had six, but Toronto led 52-45 at halftime.

Lowry scored five points as the Raptors took advantage of five Detroit turnovers to start the second half with a 13-2 run, opening a 65-47 lead at 7:40. Once again, however, Toronto couldn't hold on to the double-digit lead. Jennings scored 15 in the third, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, as the Pistons cut the gap to 74-69 heading to the fourth.

NOTES: Toronto F Patrick Patterson (right elbow) missed his third straight game. ... Johnson recorded his 405th block with the Raptors, matching Antonio Davis for third place on the team's career list. ... Toronto out rebounded Detroit 54-39. ... NHL Hall of Famer Paul Coffey attended the game.

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