Cade Cunningham’s 22 points help Detroit Pistons hold off Toronto Raptors, 108-106
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO — Cade Cunningham had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Jerami Grant scored 26 and the Detroit Pistons held off Toronto 108-106 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory over the Raptors.
Saddiq Bey scored 23 points, Hamidou Diallo had 11 and Isaiah Stewart added 10 as the Pistons gave coach Dwane Casey his ninth win in 12 games against the team that fired him in May 2018.
Detroit swept the season series from Toronto for the second straight year, the first time the Pistons have done that.
“Our chemistry in general is just getting better and better,” Cunningham said. “Our togetherness as a team has really helped us.”
Detroit has won four of six after losing the previous eight.
“I like the steps we’re taking,” Casey said. “We’re growing.”
The Pistons are 7-26 on the road. Three of those victories have come in their past four road games, including wins at Boston and Charlotte.
“I like playing on the road a lot, just as much as home,” Bey said. “It’s just a motivation. I like the boos.”
Scottie Barnes had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 28 points, Precious Achiuwa 18 and Gary Trent Jr. 14 for the Raptors, who have lost three of five.
Raptors All-Star guard Fred VanVleet sat for the fourth time in six games because of a sore right knee, forward OG Anunoby missed his fifth straight game because of a fractured right ring finger, and forward Thad Young was out with a non-COVID-19 illness.
Toronto trailed 91-79 through three quarters but closed the gap in the fourth. Achiuwa’s 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining made it 106-102 and, after a missed shot by Bey, Siakam’s driving shot made it 106-104.
After a timeout, Cunningham missed a 3 and Achiuwa was fouled, but only made his second free throw, cutting the deficit to one. At the other end, Bey’s driving shot gave Detroit a 108-105 edge with 14.2 seconds to go.
Cunningham blocked Trent’s shot and Barnes came up short from 3 but Achiuwa was fouled going for the rebound, going to the line with 0.7 seconds to play. He made the first but missed the second.
Cunningham scored 10 points in the first quarter and Detroit was 5 of 11 from 3-point range to lead 31-22 after one. Grant scored nine points in the second but Barnes had eight for the Raptors, who trailed 60-57 at halftime.