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Raptors Rapid Recap: Toronto 94 - Detroit 64

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- The Raptors were never really challenged by the Pistons in this one, racking up another victory against a sub-.500 opponent. Toronto won every quarter, and notched their first win at The Palace of Auburn Hills since April 2, 2003.

 

- Player of the Game goes to Il Mago, Andrea Bargnani, with 21 points on 9-15 shooting, two blocks and +20 in just over 33 minutes. He was aggressive from the get-go and really took advantage of the mismatches in the front court.

 

- The other half of the Italian Connection, Marco Belinelli, FINALLY found his shooting touch, hitting on 4-8 shots for nine points. He even had a ridiculous half-court heave waved off.

 

- Hedo Turkoglu had a double-double and combined with point guard Jarrett Jack to dish out 18 of Toronto’s 26 assists.

 

- The injury-ravaged Pistons – missing top scorers Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince – shot just under 28 per cent from the field. They did manage to grab a lot of those missed shots to boast a 23-5 advantage on the offensive glass. If not for their work on the boards, they might’ve lost by 50.

 

- Happy Holidays from all of us here at the HQ! We'll do this again on Sunday during the second half of this home-and-home series against Detroit.