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Toronto Raptors Stumble Against Pistons, Begin Tough Road Trip with a Loss

Coming off a loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Toronto Raptors were looking to get back on track.

With things only getting tougher, the Raptors needed to pick up a win against the lowly Detroit Pistons. That was the plan of course, but the Pistons refused to let the scorching hot Raptors walk all over them. The Pistons controlled just about every facet of the game en route to a shocking 103-87 victory.

“They came out, they kind of threw the first punch and we didn’t bring the fight in the beginning,” said Pascal Siakam. “I think we played better as the game went on, but sometimes it’s just giving the team confidence, you know, as it carries through the game… hopefully we have another time, you know, to play and we can play better against them. [But] I think they played better today.”

The Pistons were led by Canadian Trey Lyles, who put together a 21-point and seven-rebound performance of the bench. He was one of five Pistons players to finish the night in double-figures.

“We just again get out on the road and need to respond to being ready at the start,” commented Raptors head coach Nick Nurse on where things went wrong on Friday evening. “And needing some lifts when guys aren’t ready off the bench and we were just kind of searching for some answers most of the night and didn’t seem to have any.”

Meanwhile on the Raptors side, Fred VanVleet put up 24 points and dished out 10 assists, albeit on 6-for-21 shooting, while Pascal Siakam finished the night with 23 points and 11 rebounds. OG Anunoby, who’s name has been floated around in trade rumors as of late scored 16 points of his own.

The Raptors will need to turn things around quick as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.

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