TORONTO (AP) -- As the Detroit Pistons gear up for the playoffs,
a few role players are showing they can be significant options on
Prince scored more than 20 points for just the second time since
Feb. 8. He had 23 against Charlotte on Sunday.
"When he's aggressive and he's playing like that, it takes the
pressure off everybody," Pistons guard Chauncey Billups said.
"Rip (Richard Hamilton) doesn't have to worry about scoring so
many points, I don't either."
McDyess, Detroit's sixth man, had six points in the final
quarter and finished 8-for-12 from the field.
"Dice was huge man, golly, he was huge," Billups said. "He's
always capable of that."
McDyess couldn't believe he played almost all the fourth.
"I definitely wasn't expecting it. I was tired," said McDyess,
who was told after practice recently that he'd be used more down
Tony Delk also had a strong game, going 3-for-4 from beyond the
3-point arc and scoring 11 points.
"We wanted to try to start establishing our bench more, so
basically we're playing three guys and giving those guys a little
bit more minutes," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said.
Maurice Evans played 15 minutes.
Billups added 26 points and 10 assists for the Pistons, who shot
10-for-14 from beyond the 3-point arc -- a season-high 71 percent.
Billups finished 4-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc, Prince
went 2-for-3 and.
"Yes, they were 10-for-14 from the 3. You have to give that
team something. They're just physically bigger than us at every
position," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.
The Pistons (51-12) need 13 wins in its final 19 games to break
the franchise record of 63, set in 1988-89 when they won they won
their first championship.
Toronto All-Star Chris Bosh went 6-for-18 for 15 points. Toronto
beat Philadelphia the night before.
"We hung in there and played hard coming off a back-to-back,"
Any time Toronto got close, Detroit would make a 3-pointer in
the first three quarters or would come up with a big stop in the
Prince scored 15 and Billups had 14 as Detroit led 55-47 at
Toronto began the second half on an 11-5 run, but Prince sparked
a 15-3 run with two jumpers. Billups capped it with a 3-pointer,
giving Detroit a 75-62 lead late in the third.
Consecutive 3-pointers by James cut Detroit's lead to three with
But Toronto repeatedly left a Detroit player open while
double-teaming another, allowing the Pistons to pull away.
The Raptors signed guard Andre Barrett to a 10-day
contract. The 5-foot-10 Barrett was released Tuesday by the Phoenix
Suns after signing two 10-day contracts. Despite flying from
Seattle and having little to eat, Barrett played 15 minutes and had
six assists and four points. ... Detroit is 16-4 all-time in