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Valanciunas has double-double as Raptors beat Pistons 96-91

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have done a good job of avoiding lengthy losing streaks this season.

The struggling Detroit Pistons, meanwhile, are paying the price for making a habit of slow starts.

Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 16 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 21 points and the Raptors beat the Pistons 96-91 Wednesday night.

Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 17 to help the Raptors avoid their first three game losing streak of the season. Toronto lost at home to Golden State last Saturday before losing at Philadelphia on Monday.

''We don't even want to lose two games in a row,'' DeRozan said. ''Tonight was one of those games where it could have made it three. We had to buckle down and understand we had to get back to protecting home court.''

The Raptors improved to 16-3 at home, the second-best record in the league behind San Antonio (19-2). Toronto has not lost back-to-back games at Air Canada Centre since last Jan. 22 and 24, when they lost to Phoenix and the Spurs.

Andre Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds but the Pistons fell behind by 13 in the first quarter and lost for the seventh time in eight road games.

Avery Bradley scored 19 points, Tobias Harris had 12 and Langston Galloway 11 for the Pistons, who have lost seven of 10 overall.

''In the last three quarters we fought hard but the first quarter counts, and there's just not very many times when we play a good defensive first quarter,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''It's disappointing, you're working out of that hole.''

The Raptors led by as many as 15 in the first half but trailed 79-75 early in the fourth quarter before rallying. Toronto took the lead for good on a layup by Miles at 6:43, the first basket in a 10-2 spurt that gave the Raptors a 90-83 lead with 4:47 left.

Van Gundy was frustrated by a pair of defensive miscues that gave Lowry and Miles 3-point opportunities during the pivotal stretch.

''When it was winning time, we didn't do our job,'' Van Gundy said.

Bradley started for Detroit after missing Tuesday's practice because of a sore right groin, the same injury that kept him out of the final seven games in December. Following the game, Bradley said he is set to visit a specialist in Philadelphia on Thursday.

DeRozan scored 10 points in the first and Miles had seven as Toronto led 31-18 after one.

Detroit shot 6 for 20 in the first quarter and then made 14 of 25 attempts in the second and took advantage of nine Raptors turnovers to pull to 54-51 at halftime.

Drummond scored 11 of Detroit's 22 points in the third quarter. The score was tied 73-73 heading to the fourth.

''We made it complicated on ourselves but we've got to give Detroit credit,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. They were really getting into us, getting after us and doing something a little different defensively that threw our rhythm off a bit with their traps.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor) missed his third straight game. ... Guard Luke Kennard was available but did not play. Kennard missed Tuesday's practice because of a left thumb injury suffered in Monday's loss to Charlotte.

Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) was not available. ... Toronto has lost consecutive games four times this season. ... The Raptors had 21 turnovers, one shy of their season-worst.

HELPING HAND

The Raptors are 25-6 when recording 20 or more assists.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS

Drummond, who entered as the league's leading rebounder, has grabbed 10 or more boards in five straight games.

NO CHARITY

Detroit shot a season-worst 7 for 15 from the free-throw line, missing all three attempts in the fourth.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host Washington on Sunday. The Pistons have lost both meetings with the Wizards this season, and nine of the past 12 overall.

Raptors: Host San Antonio on Friday. Toronto has lost four straight against the Spurs.

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Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
D. DeRozan
10 SG
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
25.4 Pts. Per Game 25.4
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
54.3 Field Goal % 48.0
53.4 Three Point % 47.9
62.5 Free Throw % 82.5
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry 0:00
  Anthony Tolliver missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 1 Delon Wright made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Delon Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Tobias Harris 0:05
+ 3 Avery Bradley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 0:13
  Offensive rebound by Ish Smith 0:14
  Ish Smith missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
  Team rebound 0:17
  Ish Smith missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Delon Wright 0:17
Team Stats
Points 91 96
Field Goals 37-88 (42.0%) 34-80 (42.5%)
3-Pointers 10-28 (35.7%) 11-31 (35.5%)
Free Throws 7-15 (46.7%) 17-23 (73.9%)
Total Rebounds 55 56
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 31 37
Team 13 7
Assists 22 24
Steals 14 6
Blocks 7 8
Turnovers 14 20
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 2 0
25 PTS, 17 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 16 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Pistons 22-21 1833221891
home team logo Raptors 30-13 3123192396
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 22-21 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Raptors 30-13 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
Key Players
A. Drummond C 15.0 PPG 16.0 RPG 3.0 APG 52.9 FG%
C. Miles SF 10.0 PPG 2.2 RPG 0.8 APG 37.9 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Drummond C 25 PTS 17 REB 2 AST
C. Miles SF 21 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
42.0 FG% 42.5
35.7 3PT FG% 35.5
46.7 FT% 73.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 25 17 2 4 0 2 2 12/15 0/0 1/3 7 10 48 -6
A. Bradley 35 19 3 2 2 0 4 1 8/19 3/7 0/2 0 3 24 -2
T. Harris 31 12 4 3 0 3 2 6 4/13 0/4 4/4 0 4 23 -8
I. Smith 31 3 5 5 1 1 1 1 1/12 0/2 1/4 1 4 19 -5
R. Bullock 24 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 7 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 25 17 2 4 0 2 2 12/15 0/0 1/3 7 10 48 -6
A. Bradley 35 19 3 2 2 0 4 1 8/19 3/7 0/2 0 3 24 -2
T. Harris 31 12 4 3 0 3 2 6 4/13 0/4 4/4 0 4 23 -8
I. Smith 31 3 5 5 1 1 1 1 1/12 0/2 1/4 1 4 19 -5
R. Bullock 24 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 7 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Galloway 24 11 1 1 4 0 0 2 4/8 3/7 0/0 1 0 18 +5
A. Tolliver 28 9 3 2 0 1 1 3 3/6 3/6 0/0 0 3 16 -2
B. Marjanovic 10 7 6 0 0 1 2 0 3/6 0/0 1/2 0 6 12 +1
D. Buycks 16 3 2 6 1 0 1 2 1/5 1/1 0/0 1 1 17 0
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kennard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 91 42 22 14 7 14 20 37/88 10/28 7/15 11 31 184 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 32 18 9 5 1 0 3 2 5/14 4/10 4/5 3 6 35 +8
D. DeRozan 36 17 2 5 0 0 5 2 7/15 0/2 3/4 0 2 24 +5
J. Valanciunas 27 17 16 3 0 1 4 4 5/12 1/2 6/6 2 14 36 +3
S. Ibaka 23 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 2 6 +3
O. Anunoby 19 2 3 1 0 1 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 32 18 9 5 1 0 3 2 5/14 4/10 4/5 3 6 35 +8
D. DeRozan 36 17 2 5 0 0 5 2 7/15 0/2 3/4 0 2 24 +5
J. Valanciunas 27 17 16 3 0 1 4 4 5/12 1/2 6/6 2 14 36 +3
S. Ibaka 23 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 2 6 +3
O. Anunoby 19 2 3 1 0 1 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 25 21 4 1 1 1 1 2 7/16 5/12 2/4 2 2 28 +3
J. Poeltl 16 8 5 0 1 2 1 4 4/6 0/0 0/2 2 3 15 +6
D. Wright 23 4 3 5 0 2 2 1 1/5 0/1 2/2 1 2 17 +4
P. Siakam 17 4 2 1 2 1 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 10 -2
N. Powell 12 3 1 2 1 0 0 2 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 1 9 0
L. Nogueira 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 -4
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. VanVleet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 96 49 24 6 8 20 20 34/80 11/31 17/23 12 37 187 +25