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The reeling Pistons caught the Raptors at the wrong time. Toronto beat Detroit 97-91 for their fourth straight victory, handing Detroit their sixth straight defeat.
What stings about this one is that the Pistons largely outplayed the Raptors. They outrebounded them, 44-33, despite being outshot, 22 of which came on the offensive glass; scored above their 7th best points in the paint average by pouring in 50 to the Raptors' 32; attempted eight extra free throws; and took 12 extra shots overall as a result of the rebounding advantage.
Unfortunately, the Pistons only shot 25-percent from three and missed 12 free throws, which proved to be more than the difference.
Wasted in the loss was Greg Monroe's best game this season and a career high 35 points on 14-for-22 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds. The supposed shooters on the team - Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler and Austin Daye - shot a combined 5-for-25.
Andre Drummond only played 20 minutes, but finished with six points, eight rebounds and a block.
The Pistons, now 7-21, are luckily lined up for a slump-buster weekend home-and-home with the Wizards.
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