The Pistons actually looked pretty good early. Their defense was there, they were moving the ball. Good things were going on.
But Toronto started heating up in the second quarter, winning the quarter 30-19. They kept their run going into the third, getting the lead up to as many as 13 points.
Detroit fought back though. Led by Andre Drummond and Ersan Ilyasova, they were determined to make it a game going into the fourth. Their push was closed off with the third quarter buzzer, when Drummond sunk a Hail Mary to close the lead to just five.
In the end though, the Pistons weren't in the same class as the Raptors. The Raps opened up the fourth quarter with a 11-2 run and Detroit only dipped further underwater from there.
Toronto knows how to win games and they proved it Monday night. They've won 14 of their last 15 games.
The Pistons got great play from their supporting cast. Marcus Morris scored 14 points on just seven shots with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He found Drummond for two of his easy buckets of the night. Dre finished with a mighty ugly night without them.
Aron Baynes and Darrun Hilliard also deserve a lot of credit. Baynes put up 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists and Hilliard had a career high 13 points. Ersan Ilyasova offered 17 points, 6 rebounds, and also collected yet another drawn charge.
But the team's stars weren't very good. Reggie Jackson had just 13 points on 14 shots along with a technical foul and 6 turnovers while Andre Drummond had 12 points on 4-10 shooting and 3-8 from the line.
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