Raptors beat Pistons, move into second in East

Mon Feb 8, 2016 11:31pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Andre Drummond's length-of-the-court heave could have thrown the streaking Toronto Raptors for a loop. They instead turned the game into a romp.

Unfazed by Drummond's improbable 71-foot 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter, the Raptors outscored the Pistons 29-13 during the next 8:34 and pulled away to a 103-89 victory Monday at The Palace.

That's the kind of confidence and poise that has allowed the Raptors to win 14 of their last 15 while taking over the second spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We're just all growing up. We're learning how to win at all times, in any situation," said the Raptors' All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, who led the way with 25 points and seven assists.

"That's why we've gotten into this little streak, into a rhythm, because we know what we need to do."

Small forward Terrence Ross scored 18 points off the bench for Toronto (35-16), while Lowry's backcourt partner, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Reserve point guard Cory Joseph supplied 15 points, four rebounds and three assists and center Jonas Valanciunas contributed 15 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors.

The All-Star hosts have one more game remaining before the break, a road game at Minnesota on Wednesday.

"Like I just told them, the All-Star break doesn't start until Thursday. Let's don't start it (Tuesday)," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.   Continued...

Feb 8, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) defends Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports