Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/6

Game 1: Monday, January 6th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 19th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 1st
Game 4: Wednesday, April 2nd

Raptors 89

(24-50, 9-28 away)

Pistons 78

(47-27, 28-9 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 2, 2003

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 24 27 23 1589
    DET 19 17 20 2278

    Top Performers

    Tor: M. Bradley 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    Det: B. Wallace 13 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Raptors end seven-game road losing streak

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Bill Fitch gets another 48 hours in the NBA record book.

    Thanks to Toronto's 89-78 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens will stay tied with Fitch's 1,106 career losses until at least Friday.

    "I'm perfectly happy to make the media follow me around for one more night," said Wilkens, who broke the record for career victories in 1995. "I don't think the guys were trying to win this one for me, though. I certainly didn't ask them to do it."

    Wilkens tied Fitch in Tuesday's 92-85 home defeat to the Pistons, and with the Raptors coming in 0-14 in the second half of back-to-back games, things didn't look encouraging.

    But Vince Carter scored 18 points and Jerome Williams had 11 points and 16 rebounds as the Raptors took control early and never looked back.

    Williams, who had two rebounds in Tuesday's loss, had 14 in Wednesday's first half.

    "I felt like I needed to redeem myself after a terrible game last night," he said. "The difference tonight was our intensity. In a lot of games, we only play hard in spurts, but tonight we had it going all game long."

    Wilkens was happy to see Williams back in form after Tuesday's disaster.

    "Jerome really wasn't himself last night, so it was good to see him back to normal tonight," Wilkens said. "He was certainly focused and he was very active on the boards."

    Michael Bradley and Voshon Lenard had 16 points each for Toronto. Bradley, who spent most of the season playing power forward, has been starting at center with Antonio Davis sidelined with a groin injury.

    "I played center in college, and even if I'm not 300 pounds, I think I can hold my own out there," said Bradley, who set a career-high in points. "Ben Wallace is a better matchup for me than Cliff Robinson and Corliss Williamson anyway; it would be tough to chase Cliff around the perimeter."

    Detroit, which saw its Central Division lead shrink to 3½ games over Indiana, got 16 points each from Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. Wallace added 13 points and 17 rebounds.

    "We obviously didn't play as well as we wanted to," said Pistons coach Rick Carlisle. "It's unfortunate to come home and have an effort like that, but when you lose three out of four quarters and get outrebounded by 19, you aren't going to win very many."

    Billups felt that the Pistons might have lost the game in the fourth quarter Tuesday, when they let the Raptors mount a late charge that felt just short.

    "They got a lot of momentum at the end of that game, and they just kept it going tonight," he said. "At the end of that game, they had to be thinking they only needed two more minutes, and they got 48 more tonight."

    The Pistons scored the first six points of the game, but Toronto led 24-19 by the end of the first quarter.

    The Raptors kept up the pressure, outscoring Detroit 27-17 in the second quarter to take a 15-point halftime lead, and they led by as many as 24 in the third period.

    "I think we've gotten a comfort level where we think we can fall behind and still come back and win," Robinson said. "But that can't be the way we play. This team has to play 48 minutes very night."

    Toronto still led by 18, 74-56, going into the fourth quarter and Detroit never seriously threatened.

    "We've had some courageous wins this year. We won in Washington with five guys and three 10-days," Wilkens said. "But this is right up there with them."

    Game notes
    The Raptors host San Antonio on Friday. ... Williams, who had as many rebounds in the first half as the entire Pistons team, tied a team record with 14 in a half. ... Jon Barry, Cliff Robinson and Voshon Lenard all picked up technicals for arguing calls in the second quarter. ... Detroit's Mehmet Okur missed the game after spraining his ankle in Tuesday's win over the Raptors. ... The Pistons had a five-game winning streak against Toronto snapped, but still won the season series 3-1.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 78
    FGM-FGA 36-81 (.444) 32-77 (.416)
    3PM-3PA 6-10 (.600) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 11-14 (.786) 9-12 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-50 6-31
    Assists 20 15
    Turnovers 19 13
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 16 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Michael Bradley Bradley
    Points: 16
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 13
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5