Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors Continue to Roll, Defeating Pistons 111-107 for 11th Straight Victory

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors Continue to Roll, Defeating Pistons 111-107 for 11th Straight Victory

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Raptors nab No. 11, beating Pistons 111-107

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TORONTO - Eleven wins in a row, and a perfect seven on homecourt.

The Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 111-107 on a night that not only padded their historic winning streak to 11 in a row, but capped a spectacular seven-game homestand, and tied baseball's Toronto Blue Jays for the longest pro sports streak in the city's history.

Then they packed up and prepared to head on the road, where they hope the winning continues.

"Taking care of business at home, taking care of home, that's very important," said coach Dwane Casey. "As much as the winning streak and everything, we've got to make sure we value home and treat our fans to quality basketball . . . but that last quarter? It wasn't quality."

DeMar DeRozan led the way with 29 points for the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry added 18 points and eight rebounds -- but zero assists. Cory Joseph had 16 points, and Bismack Biyombo had 12 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for Toronto (32-15).

Casey was angry about the Raptors' inability to put the Pistons away.

The night began on a touching note, when Casey presented Lowry and DeRozan their Eastern Conference all-star jerseys at centre court.

But once the whistle blew, it was a messy affair. The Raptors allowed Detroit to hang around for most of the night. Despite leading 81-72 going into the fourth and stretching their advantage to 20 points midway through the fourth, the Pistons pulled to within single digits in the final 1:48.

"You give up 35 points, the turnovers, lack of focus," Casey said. "Human nature takes over down the stretch, it's not winning basketball and I think our guys understand that now, they appreciate the win but understand that's not how you close out a game."

Brandon Jennings led the Pistons (25-23) with 22 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 15.

Two nights earlier, against the New York Knicks, the Raptors had broken a franchise win-streak record that had stood for 14 years. …

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