Friday , Jan , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors host Pistons

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors play the middle contest of
a three-game homestand tonight when they welcome Ben Wallace and the Detroit
Pistons to Air Canada Centre.

Earlier this season, Detroit defeated the Raptors, 95-91, on January 14, 2004
at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

On Wednesday, Chauncey Billups and Mehmet Okur each scored 21 points to lead
Detroit to a 106-103 win over the Boston Celtics at the FleetCenter.
Richard Hamilton finished with 17 points for the Pistons, who made 15-of-16
free throws in the fourth quarter to snap a three-game losing streak.

The starting center for the Eastern Conference in this year’s All-Star Game,
Wallace ended with 14 points and 15 rebounds in the win for Detroit.

Detroit has allowed over 100 points only twice this season.

The Pistons, who have lost two straight as the visitor, are 12-10 on the road
this season.

Toronto registered a 94-84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Air Canada
Centre on Wednesday night. Donyell Marshall scored 19 points and pulled down
10 rebounds in the winning effort, while Morris Peterson scored a season-high
18 points off the bench. Peterson finished 4-of-8 from three-point range.

The Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak on Wednesday while winning for
just the second time in eight contests. Vince Carter, who was voted by the
fans to be a starting forward on the Eastern Conference squad for February
15th’s All-Star Game, scored 17 and Alvin Williams added 15 for Toronto in the

Toronto has not scored over 100 points in its last 17 games.

The Raptors, who have won four of their last six at home, are 13-7 as the host
this season.

Detroit has won six of seven and seven of the last nine meetings with the
Raptors. The Pistons have won four straight and six of their last seven at