Wednesday , Mar , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons open road trip against Raptors

(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons open a three-game road trip tonight
when they visit the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Detroit, the top-seeded squad in the Eastern Conference, has won nine of its
last 12 games, including Sunday’s 94-78 win over Charlotte at The Palace of
Auburn Hills.

Richard Hamilton poured in 24 points and Tayshaun Prince posted 23 points and
six assists in the win over the Bobcats for the Pistons, who won their 14th
straight home contest.

Now the Pistons will hit the road for three games. Detroit, which will visit
New York and Charlotte on the trip, is 1-3 in its last four road games and
22-10 away from The Palace this season.

The Raptors have won two straight and play the first of a brief two-game
homestand. On Tuesday, Chris Bosh poured in a game-high 31 points as Toronto
used a brilliant fourth quarter to beat a short handed Philadelphia club,
111-97, at the Wachovia Center.

Darrick Martin added season-highs of 18 points and 12 assists in the win over
the Sixers for the Raptors, while Mike James, Morris Peterson and rookie Joey
Graham all netted 14 in the victory.

Toronto, which will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, is 12-19 at home this

The Pistons have won the first two meetings with Toronto this season — both
in Auburn Hills. They posted a 117-84 triumph on November 5, then recorded a
113-106 win on December 27.

After Wednesday’s meeting, Detroit and Toronto will square off again at Air
Canada Centre on April 14th.