DETROIT (AP)– Trey Lyles scored 21 points, Cade Cunningham and Hamidou Diallo each included 18 and the Detroit Pistons extending their unexpected stretch by beating the Toronto Raptors 103-87 on Friday night.

The Pistons are 5-3 in 2022 after completing 2021 with 18 losses in their last 19 video games.

” We’re lastly entering a rhythm and determining the very best method to play together,” Diallo stated. “We’ve got many young people in our locker space and they are finding out that it is a long year. You can’t get too expensive or low after one video game.”

However, they were coming off a 133-87 loss in Chicago on Tuesday.

” We’ve had more video games recently where we’ve seized the day to strike the other group right off the bat, and tonight reveals what occurs when we do that,” Lyles stated. “Obviously, we didn’t do that in Chicago, and we got ashamed.”

Josh Jackson had 13 points off the bench as the Pistons held Toronto to 32.2%shooting. With 3 beginners investing much of the night in nasty difficulty, Lyles and Jackson came off the bench to play an essential function in the win.

” We are undersized every night, and tonight we had Trey at his size (6-foot-10) breaking 3 7-footers out there,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey stated. “So for him to get us 21 points and 7 rebounds is a yeoman efficiency.”

Fred VanVleet had 24 points and 10 helps for Toronto, however shot 6 for 21 from the flooring. Pascal Siakam included 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who have actually lost 2 directly after winning 6 in a row.

” We require to be all set when we come out to use the roadway, and we didn’t do that tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse stated. “Our energy was low at the start and we invested the entire night looking for it.”

Scottie Barnes completed with 8 points on 4-of-13 shooting in his return from COVID-19 and knee pain.

” Coming off the COVID break, it was difficult to get my knee at 100 percent,” he stated. “I simply need to have the ability to return to trust my body once again.”

Detroit developed a 56-43 halftime lead– its biggest of the season– by holding the Raptors to 28.6%shooting, consisting of 2 for 9 for VanVleet. The Pistons likewise had a 22 -7 edge in bench points for the half, consisting of 15 from Lyles.

Detroit extended the result in as numerous as 18, however had a number of crucial gamers in nasty problem. The Raptors got within 69-60, however their continued offending battles suggested they tracked 83-66 at the end of the 3rd.

” I believed we did a great task defensively in the very first half, however we took that to another level in the 3rd,” Jackson stated. “We understand how quick the Raptors can return into a video game, so we didn’t wish to provide that opportunity.”

Jackson began the 4th with a 3-pointer, offering the Pistons their very first 20- point lead of the season, however VanVleet’s 3-pointer made it 91-83 with 3: 39 to play. Cunningham put the margin back to 11 with a 3-pointer with 2: 41 left, and Detroit clinched the video game from the free-throw line.

Casey, who coached from the Raptors from 2011-18, has actually now beaten them 5 straight times with the Pistons.

” I do not get any happiness from beating Toronto. Getting fired belongs to business which’s a long method back in my rear-view mirror nowadays,” he stated. “Fred and Pascal resemble boys to me. I assisted them begin in this league and I’m happy to see what type of gamers they have actually ended up being. I hope they both wind up on the All-Star group.”


Raptors: Toronto was beginning a five-game trip and a stretch of 8 of 10 video games far from house. … VanVleet entered into the video game having actually made a minimum of 4 3-pointers in a franchise-record 9 straight video games, the longest streak in the NBA this season. He missed out on 8 of his very first 11 efforts, however extended the record with a 3-pointer with 7: 06 to play.

Pistons: Detroit has actually won 5 of its last 8, however all 3 losses have actually been by a minimum of 29 points, consisting of a 133-87 defeat by the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.


Cunningham and Barnes played a year together at Monteverde Academy, however Barnes does not see any competition establishing in between the 2 as they compete for Rookie of the Year.

” That’s my bro out there, and it indicates a lot for both people to be able to use the very same NBA flooring,” Barnes stated. “We’re not paying any attention to anything about awards, and we’re definitely not fretted about completing over one.”


Raptors: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Pistons: Host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in a video game initially set up for Jan. 12.