With 23 points from Pascal Siakam, 17 from Scottie Barnes, and 11 from Dennis Schroder, the Toronto Raptors cruised to a 142-113 victory over the struggling Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Barnes set a new franchise mark with nine assists for the Raptors, who finished with 44 for the season. Even though Detroit scored more points (39), Toronto finished with more assists (50).
The previous single-game record most assists by Toronto was 40, achieved against Charlotte on November 18, 2019.
The Detroit Pistons’ Stanley Umude and Cade Cunningham both finished with 19 points. After a win over Chicago on October 28, Detroit’s 2-12 record became the worst in the NBA.
The second-longest streak in Raptors history is nine games in which the team has given away 25 or more assists. January 2020 was a 10-game streak for Toronto in which they recorded 25 assists or more.
The Raptors’ bench player Gary Trent Jr. scored 18 points, while Jakob Poeltl added 16 points and 10 boards. With a lead of 40 points, Toronto defeated Detroit to win their fifth game in a row, setting a new season high for points scored. The scoring was 14 for Chris Boucher and 12 for Precious Achiuwa. Only starting player Cunningham from Detroit scored more than 10 points, and he only shot 7 for 17.
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For the Red Wings, James Wiseman scored 15 points and Alec Burks added 14. Ausar Thompson grabbed ten boards.
O.G. Anunoby, who had been sidelined for three games due to a cut finger on his right hand, is back in his starting lineup for Toronto Raptors. Just 27 minutes into the game, Anunoby scored nine points on 2-for-11 shooting.
With 12 of their 14 field goals in the first quarter coming via assists, six different Raptors contributed to the team’s success.
After the first quarter, the Raptors led 32–20, and by halftime, their lead had grown to 69–45. It was a season-high for Toronto in points scored in the first half.