NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Toronto
(Wednesday, November 5th)
Final Score: Detroit 100, Toronto 93
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons edged Toronto, 100-93, in a battle of undefeated teams.
The Pistons played without new acquisition Allen Iverson, who did not make his debut because Chauncey Billups had not yet undergone his physical. It is a requirement to complete Monday's blockbuster trade between Detroit and Denver, which saw the Pistons send Billups, forward Antonio McDyess and center Cheikh Samb to the Nuggets for Iverson.
Richard Hamilton added 22 points, while Rasheed Wallace chipped in 11 points and 12 boards for Detroit, which moved to 4-0 this season.
Chris Bosh finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, which had won its first three games of the season. Jose Calderon had 24 points and eight assists, and Andrea Bargnani chipped in 12 points off the bench for the Raptors.
The game was decided in a close fourth quarter. Detroit held a slight edge throughout the stanza, but never more than four points until Wallace canned a jumper with 2:15 remaining that put the Pistons up 92-86.
Calderon quickly answered with a jumper of his own, but after the teams missed on their next possessions, Prince grabbed a rebound and made a basket with 1:05 left to increase Detroit's lead to 94-88.
Calderon made a pair of free throws with half a minute remaining to get Toronto back within four points, but Hamilton was 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win for the Pistons.
"We did a pretty good job overall," Detroit head coach Michael Curry said. "That's a really good basketball team (Toronto) over there. We wanted to keep the ball in, basically, Calderon and Chris Bosh's hands and not make everybody else become players."
Toronto emerged out of the first quarter with a 23-20 lead, but Detroit surged in the second stanza to take a substantial advantage. After Bargnani drained a three-pointer with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the half to draw within 33-32, the Pistons went on a 17-6 run.
Prince rattled off six consecutive Detroit points during the run, and Hamilton capped it with a jumper to give the Pistons a 50-38 lead with 1:40 left in the second.
"They were running almost the same play almost every time," Calderon said of the Pistons. "We could not stop Tayshaun Prince. We've got to keep learning...I think it was our worst game, but we had a chance to win, so that is the positive thing about it."
Only a three-point play from Kris Humphries with under half a minute remaining drew the Raptors within 54-46 at the break.
Detroit built its lead back up to double digits in the third, as back-to-back baskets from Prince and Rodney Stuckey gave the Pistons a 63-48 lead less than four minutes into the new half.
Prince's jumper with 1:23 left in the third gave Detroit a 76-66 advantage, but Toronto got right back in the game with a 9-0 run.
Bosh followed a Jermaine O'Neal basket with a three-point play to end the third, and Bosh opened the fourth quarter with a dunk. Will Solomon's jumper less than a minute in brought Toronto within 76-75.
Stuckey finished with 14 points and five assists...O'Neal had just eight points...The game had 30 lead changes...Detroit is currently 2-0 on its three- game road swing and closes it out Friday in New Jersey against the Nets...Toronto begins a three-game road trip on Friday in Atlanta.
11/05 23:01:01 ET