Raptors edge Pistons
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Anthony Parker poured in 21 points – including
five three-pointers – to go along with seven rebounds, leading the Toronto
Raptors over the Detroit Pistons, 87-84, at Air Canada Centre.
Chris Bosh scored 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for the Atlantic
Division-champion Raptors, who have won six straight at home, five in a row
overall, and 10 of their last 12 games. They need one more win or a loss by
Miami on Friday night to capture the third seed in the Eastern Conference
T.J. Ford and Joey Graham each scored 13 points for the Raptors, while Ford
also dished out 10 assists. Kris Humphries had a career-high 18 rebounds.
Richard Hamilton returned after missing four games with the flu to score a
game-high 24 points for the Central Division-champion Pistons. Detroit had a
three-game winning streak snapped but already captured home-court advantage
throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs with Wednesday’s 104-99 win against
Carlos Delfino scored 11 points and Antonio McDyess finished with 10 for the
With the Pistons holding a 13-point edge after the first half, Hamilton looked
to take control of the game in the third quarter. He netted back-to-back
three-point shots to put the Pistons up 69-58 with 34 seconds remaining in the
stanza and Detroit led 69-58 heading to the fourth.
Toronto claimed an 81-79 lead on Parker’s trey with 1:44 remaining, and Bosh
followed with a finger roll to push the advantage to four with 1:11 to play.
Lindsey Hunter’s shot from beyond the arc pulled Detroit within one, but
Ford’s one-handed layup made it 85-82 with 12.4 seconds left and he also
chipped in with a pair of free throws in the final seconds to clinch the win.
The Pistons held a 20-14 lead at the end of the first quarter/
A pair of Juan Dixon free throws cut the Raptors’ deficit to five with 7:59
remaining in the half, but the Pistons responded by scoring the next 10 to
open a 40-25 margin.
Detroit led 50-37 at the break.
The season series is tied, 1-1, with one game remaining…It was Bosh’s 10th
consecutive double-double and he leads the team with 42…Parker tied a
season-high by playing nearly 46 minutes in the contest…The Raptors have
played 693 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer…It was the
first time the Raptors have won this season when shooting under 40 percent
from the field…It was just the third time in Raptor history that two Raptors
have had 15 or more rebounds in a game. The last was March 7, 2002 when
Antonio Davis and Keon Clark each had 15.