Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/11

Game 1: Saturday, December 11th
Raptors120Final
Pistons116
Game 2: Wednesday, December 22nd
Pistons115Final
Raptors93
Game 3: Friday, January 14th
Pistons101Final
Raptors95
Game 4: Wednesday, March 16th
Raptors93Final
Pistons107

Pistons 115

(10-19, 3-12 away)

Raptors 93

(10-19, 7-9 home)

    Coverage: RSN-

    7:00 PM ET, December 22, 2010

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 24 38 24 29115
    TOR 23 21 24 2593

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Hamilton 35 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tor: L. Kleiza 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Richard Hamilton scores 35 points as Detroit throttles Toronto

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- This time, the Detroit Pistons weren't going to let a big lead slip away.

    Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 35 points, Rodney Stuckey had 21 and the Pistons beat Toronto 115-93 on Wednesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Raptors.

    Charlie Villanueva had 18 points and former Raptors star Tracy McGrady scored a season-high 17 to help the Pistons win for the third time in four games since blowing a 25-point lead to Toronto.

    "It was on my mind," Villanueva said of that 120-116 home loss Dec. 11, the biggest turnaround in Raptors history. "I circled this day because we threw away the game up in Detroit. Guys played a complete, full game of basketball. We just kept putting our foot on the gas pedal."

    The Pistons fell one point shy of matching a season high and ended an eight-game road skid, winning away from home for the first time since Nov. 14 at Sacramento.

    "Tonight was fun," Pistons coach Jon Kuester said. "They enjoyed themselves, they played together, they were sharing the basketball. Just to see how our energy was for 48 minutes was impressive."

    Hamilton said the Pistons were intent on protecting their lead this time. Detroit led by 32 and easily sent the short-handed Raptors to their eighth loss in 10 games.

    "We came in and halftime and we said 'The game's not over," Hamilton said. "Even though we were up 18 points, we said we've got to play another half. When they were down, guys wanted to keep them down."

    Yanked from the starting lineup before a victory Sunday over New Orleans, Hamilton had extra motivation for this one.

    "Tonight I just wanted to make a statement," Hamilton said. "With all the stuff talked about and things like that, I just wanted to come out and make a statement."

    McGrady, who played his first three seasons for Toronto, also set season-highs with seven rebounds and seven assists. He was booed by fans, but said many probably don't even know why they were jeering a player who left after the 1999-2000 season to join Orlando.

    "It's not like I was Chris Bosh, selling out the city like this thing was horrible, or making crazy comments about the city," McGrady said. "It was between Toronto or going back home to Orlando. That's pretty much it."

    Whether they knew or not, Villanueva said the jeers seemed to inspire McGrady.

    "They need to boo him more often because he played terrific," Villanueva said.

    Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points, Linas Kleiza had 19 and Andrea Bargnani 16 for Toronto.

    DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis each scored 10 points and Jose Calderon had 13 assists for Toronto, the third straight time he's reached double digits.

    The Raptors had a season-high 24 turnovers, eclipsing the 21 they had in a Nov. 5 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Bargnani returned to the starting lineup after missing two of the previous three games. Bargnani, who sat out Sunday's loss to the Lakers with a sore right ankle, strained his left calf in the third quarter but stayed in the game.

    "Our best players have been banged up a little bit, Jose and Andrea, and they both had horrible games," Raptors coach Jay Triano said.

    Amir Johnson started for the Raptors but scored only two points in 15 minutes before leaving with back spasms. Joey Dorsey took over for Johnson to start the second half.

    Detroit lost forward Jason Maxiell to a dislocated finger on his right hand in the second quarter. X-rays were negative.

    Game notes


    Detroit's Ben Wallace played in his 1,000th career game. ... Calderon had eight turnovers. ... Raptors guard Sonny Weems (back spasms) missed his third straight game. ... Toronto guard Jerryd Bayless (illness) did not play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DET
    TOR
    Points 115 93
    FGM-FGA 46-90 (.511) 35-67 (.522)
    3PM-3PA 8-23 (.348) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-34 2-32
    Assists 27 26
    Turnovers 8 24
    Steals 13 3
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 27 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 15 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 32 5

    Top Performers

    Detroit
    Toronto
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 35
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Linas Kleiza Kleiza
    Points: 19
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0

    Research Notes

    Richard Hamilton scored 19 points in the 4th quarter. That is one shy of matching the most points a player has scored in the 4th quarter of a game this season and is the most points Hamilton has ever scored in a quarter in his career.
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