NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Toronto
(Wednesday, March 26th)
Final Score: Toronto 89, Detroit 82
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh scored 21 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons, 89-82, at Air Canada Centre.
T.J. Ford had 13 points and nine assists in his return to the starting lineup for the Raptors, who won for just the third time in their last 10 games. Ford was injured on December 11th and missed the next 24 games before serving as Jose Calderon's backup since returning February 4th at Miami.
Rasho Nesterovic finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Calderon added 13 points for Toronto, which is a half-game behind the sixth-seeded Sixers in the Eastern Conference.
"First of all it's the Toronto Raptors, and it's a team," said Calderon who offered up the starting position to Ford. "We were talking about making a change. T.J. played great today. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself for the team so I think that was the best for the Toronto Raptors and it worked."
Chauncey Billups had 24 points and nine assists, while Rodney Stuckey scored a career-high 16 points for the Pistons, who have lost three of four. Rasheed Wallace added 15 points and Tayshaun Prince finished with 10 points and eight boards for Detroit, which was without leading scorer Richard Hamilton for the second straight game because of a sore left hip.
Toronto bridged the third and fourth quarters with a 17-4 run, capped by an Andrea Bargnani three-pointer for a 68-51 lead with 10:09 left in the fourth.
Moments later, Prince and Billups hit back-to-back three's before Stuckey's driving layup and triple pulled the Pistons within 72-67 with 5:29 to go.
Toronto responded with eight straight points, including consecutive treys by Calderon and Ford to open up an 80-67 advantage with 4:09 showing on the clock.
The Pistons weren't ready to fold, however, and an Amir Johnson dunk followed by two Billups three's cut Detroit's deficit to 80-75 with 2:56 remaining.
Bosh, though, helped seal the win for the Raptors. He made a driving lay up and a jumper to go along with a Nesterovic free throw as Toronto opened up an 85-77 lead with just 28 seconds left.
"We didn't hit shots," said Detroit coach Flip Saunders. "We didn't play with enough of a purpose offensively. They (the Raptors) did a good job. They pressured a lot of our initial entries and sets and ate the shot clock."
Detroit led 20-19 after the opening 12 minutes and 35-33 at the half.
Toronto, though, outscored the Pistons 28-16 in the third to open up a 61-51 lead heading into the final frame.
It was just Detroit's third loss in its last 13 games against Toronto...Toronto shot 49.3 percent, while Detroit shot 40.8 percent...The Pistons outrebounded the Raptors 41-35...Toronto had 26 team assists, Detroit had 20...Attendance was 19,800.
03/26 23:08:30 ET