NBA: Pascal Siakam propels Raptors past Pistons

Pascal Siakam Raptors

Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors takes the field after his team beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in their basketball game at Scotiabank Arena on November 28, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Highlight Blinch/Getty Images/AFP

Pascal Siakam scored 32 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 118-97 on Friday night.

Chris Boucher added 19 points from the bench for the Raptors (36-38), who split the first two of their four home games.

Toronto went through a four-game streak of the season against the Pistons (16-58).

Fred VanVleet scored 18 points for the Raptors, whose seven-game winning streak at home ended in a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. OG Anunoby contributed 17 points for Toronto, while Jakob Poeltl had 4 points and 11 rebounds.

Jaden Ivey has 20 points and 8 assists for the Pistons, who have lost 16 of their past 17 games. Marvin Bagley III had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Detroit, James Wiseman also scored 14, RJ ​​Hampton had 13 and Isaiah Livers scored 12.

Toronto took a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Boucher hit a 3-pointer to give the Raptors a 104-77 advantage with 8:33 to play.

After gaining 16 points, Toronto led 38-26 after one inning.

Detroit cut the lead to seven points, but Toronto opened the scoring to 15 on Jeff Dowtin Jr.’s 3-pointer. with 6:13 remaining in the second quarter. Anunoby raised the distance to 20 on pointer 3 with 2:07 left.

Detroit scored the next four, and Toronto responded with four straight points to take a 72-52 lead after halftime.

Siakam had 26 points in the first half, of which the Raptors shot from long distance 53.3% (24 to 45).

Detroit shot 46.2% (18 to 39) from the field in the first half with Bagley scoring 14 points.

Detroit opened the third quarter with a 7-2 margin. Poeltl’s steal led to Siakam’s decline, giving Toronto a 21-point lead with 5:33 remaining in the third half. Toronto rose to 22 points before taking a 92-73 lead after three quarters.

Overall, Detroit beats Toronto by 46.6% to 44.6%, though the Raptors are better from the 3-point range (13 out of 37.35.1%, versus 6 out of 25.24% for the Pistons).

Scottie Barnes (wrist), Precious Achiuwa (hamstring) and Gary Trent Jr. (elbow) does not play for Toronto.

Cory Joseph (sick) and Rodney McGruder (legs) didn’t come to Detroit.


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