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Pistons throw block party

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--The Pistons had eight blocks against Cleveland Tuesday, including three by reserve forward/center Ben Wallace. That matched their season high and raised Wallace's team-high total to 27. Their 3.82 average ranks last in the league, with every other team averaging at least 4.1 blocks. Acquiring a shot-blocker through the draft or via trade is a high priority this offseason, if not before the trade deadline next month.

--Crossing the border normally results in a fruitful trip for the Pistons. They have a 21-9 all-time record in Toronto, where they wrap up their pre-All-Star break schedule on Wednesday.

Their 70.0 winning percentage there is topped only by their 73.3 percent success rate at Memphis (11-4). The Pistons have gone undefeated at Toronto in eight seasons since the Raptors came into existence in 1995 and have only been swept there once (2009-10). Last season, they averaged 108 points in two victories there but Wednesday's trip is their only stop in Canada this season.

"We're not going to win giving up 35 points in the fourth quarter. We lost our poise a little bit but I don't think we gave them the game." -- Coach Lawrence Frank, after his team squandered a 17-point lead at Cleveland Tuesday.

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