The Detroit Pistons are the best team in the NBA that nobody talks about.
The Pistons continue their push for the top seed in the Eastern Conference as they visit the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Detroit has received little attention despite closing in on its second straight Central Division crown.
“This was a huge, huge win for us because of the way we came back against an elite team,” said Chauncey Billups, who scored 18 points and made two 3-pointers in the final minutes.
“This can be a real confidence-builder for us.”
The Pistons, who trailed by 21 midway through the second quarter and by 10 after three quarters, handed Kings forward Chris Webber his first loss against Detroit as a member of the Kings.
“I’m used to coming out of here with a win,” said Webber, who was born and raised in Detroit and played collegiately at Michigan.
Detroit is one game ahead of New Jersey in the East. The Nets beat Houston 110-86 on Monday.
The Raptors head into Tuesday’s game having won two of their last three.
Raptors center Antonio Davis missed Sunday’s game because of strained left groin. Davis didn’t return after injuring himself in the third quarter Friday against New Orleans. He is averaging 13.9 points and 8.9 rebounds.
Forward Jerome Williams, Toronto’s top rebounder, returned to the lineup after missing four games with a stiff neck.
STANDINGS (through March 30): Pistons - 1st place (tied), Central Division. Raptors - 7th place, 23 GB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Pistons - Hamilton, 20.1 ppg; Wallace, 15.4 rpg; Billups, 3.7 apg. Raptors - Carter, 20.5 ppg; Jerome Williams, 9.3 rpg; Alvin Williams, 5.4 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Pistons, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 19; Pistons, 89-84. At Toronto, Billups scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with 19.4 seconds left. Carter had 16 points for the Raptors.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pistons - 18-18 on the road; Raptors - 15-21 at home.
INJURIES: Pistons - G Pepe Sanchez (knee); C Zeljko Rebraca (irregular heartbeat); F Don Reid (Achilles’). Raptors - C Davis (groin); C Eric Montross (foot); F Lamond Murray (foot).