Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Tuesday, November 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 15th
Game 3: Monday, February 18th
Game 4: Friday, February 22nd

Pistons 80

(31-22, 13-14 away)

Raptors 72

(29-28, 16-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 24 20 13 2380
    TOR 12 24 18 1872

    Top Performers

    Detroit: C. Robinson 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Toronto: K. Clark 13 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Pistons set team mark with 7th straight road win

    TORONTO (AP) -- From the days of Bob Lanier to those of the Bad Boys, no Detroit Pistons team has ever had a road winning streak as long as this one.

    Jerry Stackhouse


    Jerry Stackhouse hit just four of 17 shots, but he helped out with seven assists.

    Clifford Robinson scored 21 points and former Raptor Corliss Williamson had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Detroit set a franchise record with its seventh straight road victory, 80-72 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

    "This is unbelievable. We're on an unbelievable run right now," Jerry Stackhouse said. "We're putting up numbers against some of the best that's ever done it for the Pistons, so we're really proud about that."

    Ben Wallace added 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Pistons, winners of five straight and 12 of 14 overall.

    "For us to come in and break the Bad Boys' record is definitely a big accomplishment," Wallace said. "Everybody doubted us, and said we'd be lucky to win 20 games. To come out and set a franchise record feels great."

    Antonio Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost seven straight since Vince Carter went on the injured list with a strained quadriceps. Toronto is 2-15 without Carter over the last two seasons.

    "His 26 points a game aren't in the game, so other teams are coming in confident," Toronto's Dell Curry said.

    The Raptors, who were down by as many as 18 points, narrowed Detroit's lead to two on Michael Stewart's dunk with 7:56 remaining. The Pistons countered with a 11-2 run as Williamson scored six points and Jon Berry made a 3-pointer.

    Alvin Williams followed with a 3-pointer and Davis made a dunk, narrowing the lead to six, but Stackhouse's uncontested dunk after Morris Peterson's turnover gave Detroit an eight-point lead with less than a minute remaining.

    "Guys really wanted to win and set a franchise record for road wins," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said. "We showed the grit and toughness you need to win on the road."

    Stackhouse finished with 13 points for the Pistons, who are on their longest overall winning streak since a six-game run early in the 1999-00 season.

    Keon Clark had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who have not lost as many as seven straight since a 13-game skid late in the 1997-98 season.

    "We can't lose games at home because come March we are on the road a lot," Curry said.

    Robinson had 16 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer that gave Detroit an 18-point lead early in the second quarter, but Toronto narrowed the lead to eight at halftime with a 10-4 run at the end of the period.

    Peterson's alley-oop dunk narrowed Detroit's lead to two with 3:05 left in the third period. Toronto then had a chance to take the lead with 33 seconds remaining in the third, but Alvin Williams missed a free throw and Jerome Williams missed two more.

    Game notes

    Detroit beat Toronto 89-76 on Monday. ... Jerome Williams was activated from the injured list by the Raptors, who also placed center Mamadou N'diaye on the list. Williams missed nine games with a high ankle sprain. He's averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. N'diaye has an injury to his right foot. He's averaging 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds. ... Carter is expected back either Sunday or Wednesday. ... The Raptors made just nine of their 19 free throw attempts.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 72
    FGM-FGA 32-67 (.478) 29-69 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 5-8 (.625)
    FTM-FTA 11-16 (.688) 9-19 (.474)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-36 14-43
    Assists 21 19
    Turnovers 18 21
    Steals 10 11
    Blocks 9 3
    Fast Break Points 6 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (2/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Clifford Robinson Robinson
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Keon Clark Clark
    Points: 13
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2