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Pistons 114, Raptors 101

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Detroit PistonsA duel of winning streaks in the Palace Of Auburn Hills in Detroit between Toronto Raptors, the second best team in the Eastern Conference and Detroit Pistons, a quintet that has been rising already in eighth place in the same classification ever closer to fight for a spot in the playoffs. Earlier tonight, the surprising result, with 114-101. Detroit beat a Toronto team that saw even though the scores were close, the third period was crucial to victory.

Although the visiting team wanted the win from the start (23-25), the second quarter was defined for Detroit (29-27), which turned to a strong third quarter,

the decisive quarter in which they took 17 impossible to cut points (37-20). Finally, the fourth quarter, despite giving everything to cut points, could only do for four at the end (25-29).

In a magnificent night, Reggie Jackson scored 19 points and 8 assists awarded with an effectiveness of 58% in just over 28 minutes. Also contributed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 16 points and 5 rebounds, added to the 15 points Andre Drummond also had 18 rebounds, the most regular player result. Despite not having a strong scorer, teamwork was important to make this evening a great success.

In fact, the 27 points from Terrence Ross were not enough to prevent the defeat of his team as the bulky scoreboard dictated at the end, in addition to that performance DeMar DeRozan collaborated with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Finally Delon Wright scored 13 points and 6 assists they will surely have to balance with the defensive side and avoid mistakes that can ultimately affect their intention of reaching the Finals in a good position.

With this result, Toronto remains in second place with Cleveland Cavaliers 39-19 behind having a mark of 41-17, while Detroit begins to ‘scratch’ their limit with a 31-29, recovering from a bad stretch of five straight losses and four straight games won.

The next match of these two teams will be held on March 2, first facing against Utah Jazz in Toronto at 7:30 pm (local time) and then to Detroit vs. the San Antonio Spurs at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time local).

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