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Raptors hold off Pistons 108-98

DETROIT (AP) On the second night of a back-to-back - with first place in the Eastern Conference already wrapped up - the Toronto Raptors easily could have packed it in after falling behind by 17 points.

That's not what coach Dwane Casey wanted.

''We are taking these last games seriously, because now isn't the time to let any bad habits into our game,'' Casey said. ''This week is about sharpening your habits to be ready for next week.''

Jonas Valanciunas scored 25 points, and the Raptors rallied for a 108-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Toronto closed the second quarter on a 21-7 run, and the Raptors also scored the first 13 points of the fourth.

Detroit was without injured stars Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin for its home finale, but the Pistons still led 53-36 in the first half. But it was 60-57 at halftime, and Detroit managed only 38 points over the final two quarters.

''I think we competed hard,'' said Eric Moreland, who started at center in place of Drummond. ''I think we competed on both ends tonight.''

The short-handed Pistons are out of playoff contention, and Toronto had some key players out too in Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka. Although the result meant little, it was a tight, entertaining game through three quarters. The Raptors led 85-80 at the end of the third before breaking it open.

Toronto led 100-81 in the fourth, then Detroit went on a 14-2 run. Pistons rookie Luke Kennard took a 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to four, but it rattled out.

Valanciunas didn't play at all in the fourth, but he'd done plenty already. He finished 11 of 13 from the field and made his only attempt from beyond the arc.

HELD OUT

In addition to Drummond (sore Achilles tendon) and Griffin (right ankle contusion), the Pistons were also without Reggie Bullock (left knee swelling).

VanVleet was out with lower back tightness, and Ibaka had the night off to rest for Toronto.

LOOKING AHEAD

The game didn't mean much in terms of seeding in the East, but Toronto (59-22) now leads Golden State (58-23) by a game for home-court advantage in a possible NBA Finals matchup.

The Raptors are also hoping to win their regular-season finale at Miami and reach 60 victories.

''We want sixty, because we know it would be a great achievement for our franchise,'' said guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 11 points Monday. ''The important thing, though, is what happens after the Miami game. We're ready. It doesn't matter who we play. We just have to play our game.''

HANDICAPPING

Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy shared his thoughts on Toronto's chances in the East.

''I've said for a long time, I think they're the best team in the East, and the team to beat,'' Van Gundy said. ''So, we'll see what happens, but that's a really, really good team.''

TIP-INS

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points. ... Toronto outscored Detroit 60-38 in the paint. ... The Raptors completed a sweep of their back-to-back after beating Orlando on Sunday night.

Pistons: Kennard led Detroit with 20 points and Reggie Jackson scored 16 with nine assists. Ish Smith had 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
A. Drummond
0 C
33.7 Min. Per Game 33.7
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
16.0 Reb. Per Game 16.0
45.8 Field Goal % 52.9
45.7 Three Point % 52.9
82.5 Free Throw % 60.5
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 0:25
  Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:29
+ 2 Lorenzo Brown made jump shot 0:42
  Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 1:02
  Reggie Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
  Traveling violation turnover on Pascal Siakam 1:20
+ 1 Langston Galloway made 3rd of 3 free throws 1:22
+ 1 Langston Galloway made 2nd of 3 free throws 1:22
+ 1 Langston Galloway made 1st of 3 free throws 1:22
  Shooting foul on Lorenzo Brown 1:22
Team Stats
Points 108 98
Field Goals 46-87 (52.9%) 35-78 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 12-39 (30.8%) 9-30 (30.0%)
Free Throws 4-4 (100.0%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 52 38
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 40 29
Team 4 5
Assists 27 22
Steals 3 7
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 9 3
Fouls 17 11
Technicals 0 0
11 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST
16 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Raptors 59-22 32252823108
home team logo Pistons 38-43 3228201898
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 59-22 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Pistons 38-43 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Valanciunas C 12.7 PPG 8.6 RPG 1.1 APG 56.8 FG%
L. Kennard SG 7.6 PPG 2.4 RPG 1.7 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Valanciunas C 25 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
L. Kennard SG 20 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
52.9 FG% 44.9
30.8 3PT FG% 30.0
100.0 FT% 76.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Valanciunas 25 25 9 0 0 0 1 2 11/13 1/1 2/2 3 6 33 +21
D. DeRozan 28 16 3 7 0 0 1 2 6/12 2/5 2/2 1 2 32 +14
K. Lowry 26 11 6 9 0 1 2 3 4/8 3/7 0/0 0 6 34 +19
P. Siakam 29 10 6 2 1 0 1 3 4/6 2/3 0/0 0 6 20 +24
O. Anunoby 19 8 4 0 0 2 1 0 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 4 13 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Valanciunas 25 25 9 0 0 0 1 2 11/13 1/1 2/2 3 6 33 +21
D. DeRozan 28 16 3 7 0 0 1 2 6/12 2/5 2/2 1 2 32 +14
K. Lowry 26 11 6 9 0 1 2 3 4/8 3/7 0/0 0 6 34 +19
P. Siakam 29 10 6 2 1 0 1 3 4/6 2/3 0/0 0 6 20 +24
O. Anunoby 19 8 4 0 0 2 1 0 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 4 13 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Poeltl 22 12 7 0 0 1 0 0 6/8 0/0 0/0 2 5 20 -11
L. Brown 24 11 5 1 1 0 1 2 5/9 1/4 0/0 1 4 18 +4
C. Miles 18 7 3 3 0 0 1 2 3/10 1/7 0/0 0 3 15 0
D. Wright 21 4 3 2 1 0 0 2 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 12 -9
N. Powell 19 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 1/8 0/6 0/0 0 1 9 -7
A. McKinnie 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 3 -11
S. Ibaka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nogueira - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. VanVleet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 108 48 27 3 5 9 17 46/87 12/39 4/4 8 40 209 +50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Kennard 34 20 7 2 1 0 1 0 7/13 3/6 3/4 0 7 31 -8
R. Jackson 33 16 3 9 1 0 0 2 7/18 0/3 2/2 1 2 38 -13
A. Tolliver 41 13 4 3 0 1 0 1 4/8 3/7 2/3 1 3 24 -8
E. Moreland 32 11 7 1 2 1 0 3 5/6 0/0 1/3 2 5 23 +7
S. Johnson 28 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 2/10 0/4 1/2 0 1 11 -21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Kennard 34 20 7 2 1 0 1 0 7/13 3/6 3/4 0 7 31 -8
R. Jackson 33 16 3 9 1 0 0 2 7/18 0/3 2/2 1 2 38 -13
A. Tolliver 41 13 4 3 0 1 0 1 4/8 3/7 2/3 1 3 24 -8
E. Moreland 32 11 7 1 2 1 0 3 5/6 0/0 1/3 2 5 23 +7
S. Johnson 28 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 2/10 0/4 1/2 0 1 11 -21
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Smith 14 15 1 2 0 0 1 1 7/8 1/1 0/0 0 1 19 +3
H. Ellenson 22 12 4 1 1 0 0 2 2/8 1/4 7/8 0 4 19 -19
L. Galloway 19 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 1/6 1/4 3/3 0 4 12 +4
J. Ennis III 13 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 4 +5
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Drummond - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 98 33 22 7 2 3 11 35/78 9/30 19/25 4 29 181 -50