Raptors hold off Pistons to stretch record streak to 11 wins
(The Sports Xchange) - DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge by the Detroit Pistons to improve their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a 111-107 home victory on Saturday.
The Raptors (32-15) concluded a seven-game home stand with the triumph over a Pistons team coming off a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to move further clear of their previous best winning streak of nine set in 2002.
"This was positive, the whole thing, taking care of business at home," Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters.
"That's very important. As much as the winning streak or anything like that, we have to make sure we treat our fans to quality basketball, but that last quarter wasn't quality."
Guard Kyle Lowry added 18 points for Toronto and guard Cory Joseph provided 16 points off the bench.
Raptors reserve center Bismack Biyombo scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots, forward James Johnson added 11 points and forward Luis Scola had 10.
"We took advantage of (the homestand)," guard DeRozan said.
"Now it's time to go on the road and do what we have to do there. We dropped a couple of home games early in the season and the coaching staff stressed that we have to be more conscious of taking advantage of home court."