DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson spark Raptors over Pistons

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons, 101-87. This is the seventh win for Toronto (36-27) in its last 10 games.

DeRozan finished 8-20 from the field (1-3 on 3-pointers) and 8-9 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Toronto were Amir Johnson with 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry with 19 points and 6 assists. Despite the loss, Brandon Jennings scored 24 points for Detroit on 10-15 shooting, including 4-6 from behind the arc. Greg Monroe contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Smith finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Will Bynum put up 12 points and 7 assists.

The Pistons had 15 assists against 16 turnovers for a ratio of .94. This year, they are 2-5 when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Raptors are 6-2 when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.

This drops Detroit (25-40) to 0-2 against Toronto on the year.

Coming up next, the Raptors square off against the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 37-26 on the year. The Pistons match up with the Indiana Pacers, currently 47-17 this season. The Raptors have a 1-0 record against Memphis this season. The Pistons are 1-1 versus Indiana this season.