By Dave Hart
Raptors 109, Pistons 91 – The Pistons failed to stop Toronto’s star DeMar DeRozan who paced the Raptors with 40 points in their opening season win over Detroit on Wednesday night.
Toronto jumped out a 33-23 after the first quarter, led 58-46 at halftime and had an 86-71 advantage after three quarters.
Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors.
The Pistons were led in a losing effort by Tobias Harris with a team-high 22 points.
Marcus Morris added 17 points and nine rebounds for Detroit and all-star Andre Drummond had 16 points.
Detroit will look to bounce back with a win on its home opener on Friday against the Orlando Magic.
5th Place in Central Division (1 games behind Cleveland and Indiana)
Tied for 12th Place in Eastern Conference (1 game behind five teams)
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 83
Magic # to clinch a Central Division title: 83
Magic # to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 83
Next Game: 10/28/2016 vs Orland Magic 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Stats: Tobias Harris 22 points, Marcus Morris 17 points 9 rebounds, Andre Drummond 16 points, Ish Smith 7 assists, Jon Leuer 9 points 9 rebounds.