Sports Valanciunas scores 25 in Raptors win over Pistons

05:10  10 april  2018
05:10  10 april  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

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Brandon Jennings led the way in the Detroit Pistons ' road win over the Toronto Raptors earlier this month but won 't be available for this visit or perhaps any Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Raptors held on down the stretch to beat the

DeRozan scored 40 points, while Valanciunas had a career-high 32 plus 11 rebounds to lift the Raptors to a 109-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons in a crowd-pleasing season opener on Wednesday. 6 hours ago. Jackson, Johnson lead Pistons to win over Nets.

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DETROIT — Jonas Valanciunas scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter before holding on for a 108-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Detroit was without injured stars Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin for its home finale, but the Pistons still led by 17 in the first half. The margin was only three, however, at halftime, and Detroit managed only 38 points over the final two quarters.

Detroit is out of playoff contention, and Toronto had already wrapped up the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors played without Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka.

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Valanciunas scored 21 points (7-9 FG, 7-8 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, an assist and a block in 23 minutes during Friday's 122-115 overtime win over the Mavericks. The 25 -year-old is in beast mode right now, giving him a Raptors ' Jonas Valanciunas : Another double-double in Thursday's win .

Cavaliers. Pistons . They expanded the lead and didn’t lose it, and really impressed." Jonas Valanciunas anchored the starting five with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Powell led the way with 10 points in the first quarter but the Raptors starters looked out of sorts, and led just 25 -23 to start the second. Taylor Hall scores shorthanded, lifts Devils to win over Canadiens.

Although the result meant little and several key players were out, it was a tight, entertaining game for three quarters. The Raptors led 85-80 at the end of the third before breaking the game open.

Toronto led 100-81 in the fourth before a 14-2 run by Detroit. Pistons rookie Luke Kennard took a 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to four, but it rattled out.

Valanciunas didn’t play at all in the fourth, but he’d done plenty already. He finished 11 of 13 from the field and made his only attempt from beyond the arc.

HELD OUT

In addition to Drummond (sore Achilles tendon) and Griffin (right ankle contusion), the Pistons were also without Reggie Bullock (left knee swelling).

VanVleet was out with lower back tightness, and Ibaka had the night off to rest for Toronto.

TIP-INS

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points. … Toronto outscored Detroit 60-38 in the paint.

Pistons: Kennard led Detroit with 20 points and Reggie Jackson scored 16 with nine assists. Langston Galloway had 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

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