Jerami Grant scores 24 points, the Pistons beat the Raptors 127-121

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TORONTO (AP) – Jerami Grant scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Isaiah Stewart scored 20 and Detroit used a grand final to beat short-handed Toronto 127-121 on Saturday night, the Pistons’ fourth consecutive win over the Raptors.

Killian Hayes scored 13 points and a season-high of 10 assists, Saddiq Bey scored 16 points, Josh Jackson scored 15 points and Frank Jackson added 14 as the Pistons recovered from Friday’s 20-point defeat in Cleveland for win for the second time in three games, setting the season record for points, assists (34) and field goals (43).

“It was cool,” Stewart said. “I felt really good. I just want to keep going until the next game. “

The Pistons shot 6 for 8 from 3 points in the fourth, beating Toronto 34-26 in the last period.

“When we can share the ball like we did tonight, the kids can just play games,” Hayes said.

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Detroit rookie Cade Cunningham scored seven of his 10 points in the quarter.

“It’s made for those kinds of moments,” Stewart said. “He’s that kind of player.”

Pistons manager Dwane Casey said a team meeting on Saturday morning helped change the mood after Friday’s asymmetrical defeat.

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“We had a good meeting this morning, talking about everything in terms of team chemistry, discipline and being a disciplined team, setting our culture,” said Casey. “As bad as last night was, tonight was a wonderful thing.”

Pascal Siakam was fouled out with 25 points and 12 rebounds, Gary Trent Jr. scored 23 points and OG Anunoby scored 17 for the Raptors. Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games and fell to 2-6 at home.

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“It seems like we didn’t play as good a defense at home as away from home,” said Raptors manager Nick Nurse. “We are not sure why. We should have more energy and juice feeding on our home crowd. “

Toronto played guardless Fred VanVleet (left groin) and forward Precious Achiuwa (right shoulder). Forward Khem Birch is back after missing the previous three games due to pain in his right knee.

Raptors forward Chris Boucher left after three quarters due to back pain.

Dragic started for VanVleet, his first Toronto appearance since October. 25 defeat in Chicago. Dragic scored 16 points in 28 minutes.

Dalano Banton scored 12 points for the Raptors and fellow rookie Scottie Barnes scored 11.

Toronto led 34-32 after one, but Grant scored eight points in the second to give the visitors a 65-64 lead at half time.

Stewart shot 6 for 6 in the third and scored 12 points, but Anunoby and Dragic each had six points for the Raptors, who took a 95-93 lead in the fourth.

“Stewart was great tonight,” the nurse said. “Part of that was that we blew some cover up on him beforehand.”

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Pistons: Hayes had seven rebounds. … Pistons made their first five shots from the field of the match, then lost the next six. … Detroit scored 44 points on the bench. … Casey is Toronto’s career leader in coaching wins with 320 wins in six seasons. He received a warm ovation during the pre-match introductions.

Raptors: Siakam scored seven rebounds. … Toronto shot 20 for 31 on the free-throw line. … The Raptors scored 25 points for turnovers. … Banton played his fourth game in four days. Banton played in Boston Wenesday and Philadelphia on Thursday, then made his debut for the Toronto G League team on Friday.

CANADIAN CONTENT

The Pistons (Cory Josesph, Trey Lyles, and Kelly Olynyk) and the Raptors (Birch, Banton and Boucher) are the only two teams in the NBA with three Canadians on the roster. Five of the six were on the field together in the first quarter. The injured Olynyk (left knee sprain) is currently out and is expected to miss at least six weeks.

HALF-EMPTY GLASSES

After being called up for the away match in the third, Barnes caught a technical foul when he gestured with glasses to referee Jacyn Goble. It was the first technical foul of Barnes’s career.

NEXT

Pistons: Host Sacramento Monday night.

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Raptors: Open a six-game trip to Portland on Monday night.

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