Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Saturday, November 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 27th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 15th
Game 4: Friday, April 14th

Pistons 105

(51-12, 23-10 away)

Raptors 98

(23-42, 12-20 home)

Coverage: WDWB

7:00 PM ET, March 15, 2006

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 T
DET 27 28 22 28105
TOR 22 25 22 2998

Top Performers

Det: C. Billups 26 Pts, 1 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

Tor: M. James 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl

Pistons 10-for-14 from long distance, beat Raptors

TORONTO (AP) -- As the Detroit Pistons gear up for the playoffs, a few role players are showing they can be significant options on offense, too.

Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points, and Antonio McDyess added 16 while playing almost all of the fourth quarter, leading the Pistons to a 105-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

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 the stretch.

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.

Morris Peterson scored 23 points and Mike James added 22 for the Raptors, who have lost 10 of 13.

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," Mitchell said.

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 fourth.

Prince scored 15 and Billups had 14 as Detroit led 55-47 at halftime.

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 9:39 left.

But Toronto repeatedly left a Detroit player open while double-teaming another, allowing the Pistons to pull away.

Game notes

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 Toronto.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 105 98
FGM-FGA 41-81 (.506) 42-92 (.457)
3PM-3PA 10-14 (.714) 9-17 (.529)
FTM-FTA 13-21 (.619) 5-9 (.556)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-42 16-43
Assists 28 24
Turnovers 9 10
Steals 7 5
Blocks 11 3
Fast Break Points 7 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 13 1

Top Performers

Chauncey Billups Billups
Points: 26
Reb: 1
Ast: 10
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Mike James James
Points: 24
Reb: 5
Ast: 11
Stl: 1
Blk: 0