NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Detroit
(Tuesday, December 27th)
Final Score: Detroit 113, Toronto 106
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton scored 24 points on 10- of-17 shooting to lead a balanced Detroit attack, as the Pistons posted a 113-106 win over the Toronto Raptors at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Chauncey Billups added 21 points and 13 assists for the Pistons, who have now won eight straight and 14 of their last 15 games overall. Tayshaun Prince chipped in 18 points while Rasheed Wallace had 16 for Detroit, which extended its franchise-best start by improving to a sizzling 23-3.
"Defensively, we didn't play well enough to win, except in spurts," Prince said. "Offensively, we played great. We're just trying to continue to play Detroit basketball."
Chris Bosh paced the Raptors, who lost their second straight, with a career- high 37 points and added 11 rebounds. Rookie Charlie Villanueva had 16 points off the bench while Morris Peterson and Jalen Rose each added 13 for Toronto.
"Watch Sports Center tonight and I'm sure they won't even mention it. (His career high)," Bosh said. "We didn't win and scoring points isn't significant if you lose."
Detroit, which has the best record in the NBA, used a 20-6 run in the second quarter to break things open. Billups' jumper gave the Pistons a 20-point advantage, 61-41, with 1:02 left in the half. Detroit eventually went into the locker room with a 63-45 lead.
Billups, Wallace and Prince all had 11 points to lead the Pistons, while Bosh had 18 in the opening 24 minutes for the Raptors.
Toronto managed to close within 10 at 76-66 after Villanueva's follow-up slam with 3:54 left in the third. Detroit, though, answered and closed out the quarter strongly by taking a 90-75 edge into the final stanza.
The defending Eastern Conference champs then tightened the screws early in the fourth as Hamilton's running jumper made it 102-80 with 7:58 left in the game.
The Raptors closed the contest with a 10-2 run in the final minute to make the score look more respectable.
The Pistons led 32-29 after one quarter.
"I thought we did some nice things," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "We built a lead, then you relax a little bit and they made some plays, but it wasn't where we didn't have control of the game."
Maurice Evans had 13 points and Antonio McDyess added 12 off the bench for Detroit...Jose Calderon added 10 points for the Raptors...Detroit shot 11- of-21 from three-point range...Bosh's previous career high was 33 points...Billups had at least 10 assists in a game for the 11th time this year...Peterson played in his 417th game with the Raptors, tying him with Alvin Williams for the team record... The Pistons are 11-1 at The Palace this season and have won seven straight home games.
12/27 23:53:04 ET