Valanciunas has double-double Raptors beat Pistons 96-91
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 18, 2018 11:10 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 15: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors is seen before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 15, 2017 during Game One of Round One of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 16 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 96-91 Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 17 to help the Raptors avoid their first three game losing streak of the season. Toronto lost at home to Golden State last Saturday before losing at Philadelphia on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
The Raptors improved to 16-3 at home, the second-best record in the league behind San Antonio (19-2). Toronto has not lost back-to-back games at Air Canada Centre since last Jan. 22 and 24 (Jan. 23 and 25, PHL time), when they lost to Phoenix and the Spurs.
Andre Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds but the Pistons lost for the seventh time in eight road games.
Avery Bradley scored 19 points, Tobias Harris had 12 and Langston Galloway 11 for the Pistons, who have lost 7-of-10 overall.
The Raptors led by as many as 15 in the first half but trailed 79-75 early in the fourth quarter before rallying. Toronto took the lead for good on a layup by Miles at 6:43, the first basket in a 10-2 spurt that gave the Raptors a 90-83 lead with 4:47 left.
Bradley started for Detroit after missing Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) practice because of a sore right groin, the same injury that kept him out of the final seven games in December.
DeRozan scored 10 points in the first and Miles had seven as Toronto led 31-18 after one.
Detroit shot 6-for-20 in the first quarter and then made 14-of-25 attempts in the second and took advantage of nine Raptors turnovers to pull to 54-51 at halftime.
Drummond scored 11 of Detroit's 22 points in the third quarter. The score was tied 73-73 heading to the fourth.
Pistons: F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor) missed his third straight game. ... Guard Luke Kennard was available but did not play. Kennard missed Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) practice because of a left thumb injury suffered in Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) loss to Charlotte.
Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) was not available. ... Toronto has lost consecutive games four times this season. ... The Raptors had 21 turnovers, one shy of their season-worst.
Pistons: Host Washington on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The Pistons have lost both meetings with the Wizards this season, and nine of the past 12 overall.
Raptors: Host San Antonio on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Toronto has lost four straight against the Spurs.