Siakam scores 19 of 30 in 3rd, Raptors beat Pistons 125-113
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 31, 2019 10:33 AM
FILE - WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on October 20, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 30 points, including 19 in the third quarter, and Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 assists as the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 125-113 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for their fourth victory in five games to start the season.
Siakam made eight of 12 shots in the third, including three of four from 3-point range, as the defending NBA champions outscored Detroit 37-27 to take a 101-85 lead into the fourth.
Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell each had 19 and OG Anonuby added 13 for the Raptors. Toronto shot 59% from the field (51 for 86), its best mark of the season. Siakam finished 13 of 21, Ibaka went 9 for 15 and Powell was 7 for 10.
Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost three of four. Derrick Rose added 16 points and 10 assists.
Langston Galloway scored 17 points and Markieff Morris had 16 as Detroit coach Dwane Casey finished on the losing end of a Pistons-Raptors game for the first time in three seasons.
Casey coached Toronto to four wins over Detroit during the 2017-18 season but was fired after the Raptors lost in the second round of the playoffs.
After being chosen NBA Coach of the Year for his 59-win regular season with Toronto, Casey ended up being hired by the Pistons. Detroit won all three meetings with the Raptors last season, including a 106-104 victory north of the border last November in Casey's return to Toronto.
Casey hadn't been the losing coach in a meeting between the teams since a 102-101 Detroit win in Toronto on Feb. 12, 2017, when Stan Van Gundy coached the visitors.
Siakam scored nine points in the first as the Raptors led 37-28 after one.
Morris scored nine points in the second but Lowry and Powell each had six for the Raptors, who led 64-58 at halftime.
Siakam had seven straight points as Toronto outscored Detroit 15-4 over the first 4:11 of the second half, turning a six-point edge into a commanding 79-62 lead.
Pistons: G Reggie Jackson (lower back tightness) did not accompany the team to Toronto. . F Sekou Doumbouya (concussion protocol) missed his fifth straight game. . F Blake Griffin (hamstring and knee injuries) traveled with the team to Toronto and participated in the morning shootaround.
Raptors: C Marc Gasol banged his left knee in a first-quarter collision but returned in the second. . Anunoby made his first five shots.
It was the 5,000th game in Pistons history. They are 2,422-2,578 since their 1957 debut.
Pistons: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Raptors: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).