NBA: Balanced Pistons shut down VanVleet, Raptors in blowout

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jan 15 2022 11:58 AM

Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is defended by Detroit guard Cade Cunningham in their game on January 14, 2022. Rick Osentoski, USA Today Sports/Reuters
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is defended by Detroit guard Cade Cunningham in their game on January 14, 2022. Rick Osentoski, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Trey Lyles had 21 points and 7 rebounds off the bench and the host Detroit Pistons defeated the Toronto Raptors 103-87 on Friday.

Cade Cunningham had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Hamidou Diallo supplied 18 points with 6 rebounds. Saddiq Bey contributed 15 points and Josh Jackson added 13 off the bench for Detroit, which held Toronto to 32.2 percent shooting.

Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 24 points and 10 rebounds, though he shot 6-for-21 from the field, and Pascal Siakam supplied 23 points and 11 rebounds.

OG Anunoby tossed in 16 points and Chris Boucher chipped in 10.

Lyles had 15 points by halftime and Diallo added 12 as the Pistons jumped to a 56-43 lead. The Raptors were held to 28.6-percent shooting as only Anunoby, who had 14 points, got into an offensive groove.

Cunningham had 9 1st-quarter points as the Pistons gained an early 11-point advantage. A Siakam basket early in the 2nd quarter cut Detroit's lead to two points.

The Pistons then outscored the Raptors 25-14 the remainder of the half. Detroit's biggest 1st-half lead was 16 at 54-38 when Cunningham made a floater.

Diallo made a dunk midway through the 3rd quarter to give Detroit a 69-51 lead. The Raptors then scored the next 9 points with Siakam converting a 3-point play and assisting on 2 3-point buckets.

The Pistons quickly responded, as they finished the quarter on a 14-6 run for an 83-66 lead. Cory Joseph ended Toronto's run with a 3-pointer, then set up Cunningham for a layup. Jackson had a 3-point play and Lyles scored Detroit's last 4 points of the quarter.

Jackson fired in a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the 4th and increase Detroit's lead to 20. VanVleet made 2 3-pointers to cut Detroit's lead to 91-78 with 5:37 remaining. A VanVleet steal and assist on a Precious Achiuwa layup, followed by a VanVleet 3, sliced the Pistons' lead to 8.

Killian Hayes ended Toronto's 13-0 run with a layup. The Raptors couldn't get closer than 8 points the rest of the way.