Brandon Knight’s layup lifts Pistons past Raptors

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Brandon Knight buried a layup with 7.8 seconds remaining to help the Detroit Pistons escape with a 91-90 triumph over the Toronto Raptors Friday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Greg Monroe scored 19 points, grabbed 11 boards and issued five dimes while Knight and Tayshaun Prince added 16 apiece for the Pistons, who clinched just their 3rd win in 10 outings.

Center Andre Drummond contributed 13 markers and pulled down 13 boards, Rodney Stuckey chipped in eight points while Jason Maxiell and Kyle Singler added six points apiece as the Pistons won their second straight home game.

Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 34 points but failed to stop the Raptors (3-10) from dropping their third straight game.

Kyle Lowry added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists while Jonas Valanciunas and Ed David scored nine points apiece for Toronto.

The Pistons dominated the rebounding department, 46-37, but the Raptors had more assists (20-17), steals (6-4) and blocks (6-2), with Davis and Valanciunas swatting two enemy shots apiece.

Monroe scored 11 points, Drummond had nine and Prince added eight in the first half as the Pistons took a 47-43 advantage at the break.

Detroit then extended its lead to 58-45 after a three-pointer by Knight in the third period but the Raptors cut the deficit to 70-68 behind two foul shots by Bargnani.

The Raptors continued their comeback momentum in the fourth, taking an 82-77 lead after Bargnani sank a three-pointer with less than five minutes left in the game.

Knight tied the count at 82 with a three-pointer but Bargnani’s fadeaway jumper brought the lead back to the Raptors.

Minutes later, Lowry scored on a layup to give the Raptors a 90-87 lead before Prince made a hook shot and Knight buried the game-winning layup.

The Raptors had a chance to snatch the win but Lowry missed a jumper as time expired.

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