Pistons ride solid bench to 103-87 win over Raptors – The Morning Sun

TUTORIAL – Trey Lyles scored 21 points, Cade Cunningham and Hamidou Diallo each added 18 and the Detroit Pistons extended their surprising run by beating the Toronto Raptors 103-87 on Thursday night. Six.

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

Josh Jackson had 13 points on the bench when the Pistons held Toronto to 32.2%. With the three starting to experience several difficult nights, Lyles and Jackson came on from the bench to play a key role in the victory.

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

Detroit built a 56-43 lead at halftime – its biggest of the season – by holding the Raptors to a 28.6% shot, including a 2 to 9 for VanVleet. The Pistons also have a 22-7 advantage in points on the bench in the inning, including 15 from Lyles.

Detroit extends the gap to 18, but there are several key players in trouble. The Raptors led 69-60, but their constant offensive struggles meant they led 83-66 at the end of the third half.

Jackson started the fourth game with a 3-pointer, giving the Pistons a first 20-point lead of the season, but VanVleet’s 3-pointer led 91-83 with 3:39 to play. Cunningham made it 11 with a 3-pointer left at 2:41, and Detroit scored the winner on the penalty spot.

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Predators: Toronto has started a 5-game and 8/10-game road trip away from home. … VanVleet entered the game with at least 4 3-pointers in 9 consecutive games setting a franchise record, which is the longest streak in the NBA this season. He missed eight of his first 11 attempts, but extended the record by 3-pointers with 7:06 to play.

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

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Predators: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Piston: Host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in a game originally scheduled for January 12.

– Dave Hogg, Associated Press

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