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Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 18,011
Raptors open five-game road trip against Pistons
Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons
- Detroit won the only meeting against Toronto this season, 127-121, back in November. The Pistons have won four straight games against the Raptors, which is Detroit's longest active win streak against any team and is tied for Toronto's longest active losing streak against a single opponent (Chicago and Portland).
- Toronto recorded a season-high 22 offensive rebounds in its 99-95 loss against Phoenix on Tuesday. Toronto ranks second this season in offensive rebounds (13.4 per game). The team hasn't finished in the top five in the category since the 2001-02 season (third, 13.6).
- Fred VanVleet played 44 minutes in the loss to Phoenix. It was the second-most minutes this season for VanVleet, who ranks first in the NBA in minutes per game (37.7). This would be VanVleet's third consecutive season in the top ten for most minutes played.
- Detroit allowed 52 paint points in its 46-point loss to Chicago on Tuesday. It's the 16th time this season the Pistons have allowed more than 50 paint points in a game, which is tied for fourth most this season, going 3-13 in those games.
- Isaiah Stewart tied his career high with four blocks in Detroit's loss to the Bulls. Drafted 16th by Detroit in 2020, Stewart has 37 games with two or more blocks for his career, which is most by any player from his draft class (next closest is Jaden McDaniels - 21).
- Chris Boucher registered his third double-double off the bench in Tuesday's loss with 13 points and 16 rebounds (nine offensive rebounds). That is the most offensive rebounds by a bench player in a game this season.
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A six-game winning streak for the Toronto Raptors was snapped on Tuesday. They'll look to begin a new one at the front end of a five-game road swing, which begins in Detroit on Friday.
Phoenix, which owns the league's best record, edged the Raptors 99-95 in an empty arena due to COVID restrictions in Canada. The Raptors will see plenty of fans on their eight-day journey.
Toronto's point total against the Suns was its lowest since scoring 90 points in a victory over the New York Knicks on Dec. 10. The Raptors led by one until Devin Booker hit a mid-range jumper with 1:07 left. A Chris Paul basket gave Phoenix a three-point lead and six free throws in the last 6.5 seconds ended Toronto's streak.
"That's probably as good as it gets without a crowd in there," guard Fred VanVleet said. "They certainly raised their level. There's a reason why they have the best record in the NBA; it's because they play that way every night. I thought that we answered the call. I thought it was a good test for us. Obviously, we didn't come out with the victory, but you appreciate the fight."
VanVleet has been on a scoring tear, averaging 29.6 points in the last nine games. The Suns held him to 21 points on 7-of-18 shooting.
"It was a physical game, kind of slow-paced and grinding," Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. "I thought they were definitely trying to out-physical us and we hung in there really good. It could probably have gone either way."
The Raptors were missing fourth-leading scorer Gary Trent Jr. (16.4 points per game) and fifth-leading scorer Scottie Barnes (14.7) due to injuries.
"We didn't have Scottie, we didn't have Gary -- those are two big pieces for us -- but we hung in there," forward Chris Boucher said. "We didn't shoot the ball well. There's a lot of things that didn't go our way, but we still figured out a way to stay in the game."
The Pistons were blown out by Chicago 133-87 on Tuesday, one night after rallying from a 22-point deficit to defeat Utah 126-116. The Bulls outscored them 72-35 in the second half. In Detroit's last three losses, the margins have been 29, 30 and 46 points.
"We have to learn how to play with success," coach Dwane Casey said. "This team was talking about how we beat Utah the night before, so they came out ready to play."
Casey was back on the bench in Chicago after a false positive forced him to miss the comeback against the Jazz, when the Pistons scored 78 second-half points. The offensive execution fell apart against the Bulls, the team with the Eastern Conference's best record.
Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey, who each scored 29 points against the Jazz, were held to a combined 22 points.
"Their physicality got to us," Casey said. "This team was quicker with their switching, but it wasn't anything we hadn't seen. We were just a half a step late, slow -- whatever you want to call it -- in everything we did."
Detroit won its first meeting with Toronto 127-121 on Nov. 13. The Pistons will visit Canada on March 3.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 13, 2022