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Toronto at Detroit

Raptors 94, Pistons 64

CBSSports.com wire reports
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Pistons coach John Kuester was hoping his team could get untracked offensively against one of the NBA's worst defenses Wednesday night.

Instead, things got even worse.

Detroit shot 28 percent from the floor in a 94-64 loss to Toronto, matching its lowest point total since the shot clock was implemented for the 1954-55 season. The Raptors entered ranked 29th out of 30 NBA teams in points allowed.

"That was a terrible, embarrassing loss," Kuester said. "I'm taking the blame on myself, because we didn't look prepared, and that's my job."

Toronto also snapped an 11-game losing streak in Detroit.

"We really needed this win, because we've struggled here and we didn't want to give them a window of opportunity," Chris Bosh said. "I didn't know the streak was that high, but I knew I had never won here."

Detroit, which has lost six straight, played without Ben Gordon (ankle), Richard Hamilton (hamstring) and Tayshaun Prince (back). Charlie Villanueva went 0 of 7 from the field while being limited to 12 minutes by a foot injury.

"That's not a reason for us to play like this," Chucky Atkins said. "We won five straight games with those guys out, but we aren't playing as a team right now. We aren't moving the ball at all."

Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 21 points. Hedo Turkoglu had 11 points and a season-best 11 assists -- one more than the entire Pistons team.

"I knew I had a lot of assists, and if I've got the ball in my hands, I'll make sure the guys get the best shots," Turkoglu said. "That's teamwork. We had great teamwork tonight."

Reserve Will Bynum had 12 points for Detroit, but the starters were a combined 11 of 42 as the Pistons finished 12 points below its previous season low.

"When we are missing that many guys, doing the small things becomes paramount," Kuester said. "We're trying to keep things as simple as possible, but it isn't working."

Detroit scored 64 points in a loss to San Antonio on Feb. 21, 1999, and in a two-point victory over Utah on March 13, 2005.

Toronto led 54-37 at halftime, holding the Pistons to 31 percent shooting. Rodney Stuckey went 1 of 11 for Detroit, which would have been down by a bigger margin if not for 14 offensive rebounds in the first two quarters.

The Raptors went ahead by 23 midway through the third, as Detroit continued to struggle from the field, and eventually led by as many as 31.

"This was good - I still think we could have rebounded better, but we had very active hands," Toronto coach Jay Triano said. "I think we counted 27 deflections and we had energy. We defended and we shared the basketball. We're a pretty tough team when we share the ball."

Notes

Detroit missed its first seven 3-point attempts before Jonas Jerebko hit one with 3:21 left in the third. ... Bynum appeared to hit a long 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, but a replay review ruled that the shot clock had expired with 0.5 seconds left in the period. After the review, Marco Belinelli hit a 55-foot jumper, but it also was waved off by a replay review. ... The last time the franchise had fewer than 64 points was Fort Wayne's 86-63 loss to the Syracuse Nationals on March 4, 1954. Fort Wayne beat the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in the NBA's lowest-scoring game on Nov. 22, 1950.

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Scoreboard
Toronto (14-17) «2529202094
Detroit (11-18) 2116141364
TOR:A. Bargnani 21 Pts
TOR:C. Bosh 9 Reb
TOR:H. Turkoglu 11 Ast
DET:W. Bynum 12 Pts
DET:B. Wallace 10 Reb
DET:W. Bynum 3 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitToronto

J. Jerebko

A. Bargnani
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
10902140
Toronto
C. Bosh, PF334-54-491212
A. Bargnani, C339-151-240021
H. Turkoglu, SF324-90-0311311
J. Jack, PG304-74-457214
D. DeRozan, SG192-52-20036
A. Johnson, SF233-63-66159
M. Belinelli, SG234-80-01239
S. Weems, SG223-70-08316
M. Banks, PG181-21-22133
P. Mensah-Bonsu, PF61-11-20023
R. Nesterovic, CDid Not Play
R. Evans, PFDid Not Play
J. Calderon, PGDid Not Play
A. Wright, SFDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-6516-2238262494
 53.8%72.7% 
Detroit
J. Jerebko, SF372-95-690110
R. Stuckey, PG323-132-21328
J. Maxiell, PF294-122-290310
B. Wallace, C242-50-210134
C. Atkins, PG110-32-20122
W. Bynum, PG336-140-233412
C. Wilcox, C244-103-661311
D. Summers, SF192-81-23005
C. Villanueva, PF120-70-02110
A. Daye, SF111-50-03002
K. Brown, C60-00-01030
B. Gordon, SGDid Not Play
T. Prince, SFDid Not Play
R. Hamilton, SGDid Not Play
Totals 24-8615-2447102264
 27.9%62.5% 
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Hou 87 Final
Orl 102
Utah 70 Final
Mia 80
Min 103 Final
NJ 99
GS 102 Final
NO 108
Wash 109 Final
Mil 97
Port 98 Final
SA 94
Atl 104 Final
Den 124
OKC 117 Final
Pho 113
Cle 117 Final
Sac 104