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Prince reaches games-played milestone

The Sports Xchange

--Forward Tayshaun Prince became the sixth player in franchise history Saturday to play in 700 career games with Detroit. Prince, a 2002 draft pick, has played at least 78 games in seven of his nine seasons. The only players who have played more games in a Pistons uniform are Joe Dumars (1,018), Isiah Thomas (979), Bill Laimbeer (937), Vinnie Johnson (798) and Lindsey Hunter (703).

"It speaks of his professionalism and consistency," coach Lawrence Frank said. "One of the first talents you look for in a player is availability. Are they going to be available every night? The second one you look for is reliability. He fills those marks pretty good. There are a lot of talented guys in this league but they're only playing 50 or 60 games a season, so you're not getting their full talents. With Tay, you know what you're going to get every single night."

Prince scored 10 points Saturday and needs 11 more to reach 9,000 career points.

--The Pistons established a season high for points in a quarter by taking a 37-14 lead against Toronto Saturday. Their previous high in any quarter this season was 35. Their 61-point first half was also a season best. Their previous high was 58 against Charlotte on Feb. 29. By scoring 105 points, they reached the 100-point mark for the fourth time in 10 games after reaching triple digits just once in regulation during the first 31 games.

"Our guys came out with phenomenal intensity. We were very, very good from start to finish. There are a lot of positives to build on."

-- Coach Lawrence Frank after his team's 19-point victory over Toronto

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