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Published: Sunday, 3/11/2012

Pistons rout Raptors early

Six players in double figures; Detroit 11-6 since 4-20 start

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Detroit Pistons' Jason Maxiell (54) lays up a basket in front of Toronto Raptors' Ed Davis in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday. Detroit Pistons' Jason Maxiell (54) lays up a basket in front of Toronto Raptors' Ed Davis in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday.
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Rodney Stuckey had 20 points and eight assists and Brandon Knight scored 19 first-half points as the Detroit Pistons routed the Toronto Raptors, 105-86, Saturday night.

The Pistons, who are 11-6 since a 4-20 start, had six players in double figures and shot over 50 percent for the second straight night, hitting 39 of 74 shots (53 percent). Toronto, which beat Detroit by 20 in their first meeting this season, was led by DeMar DeRozan's 15 points, but only two others reached double figures.

The Pistons got out to a fast start, taking a 37-14 lead after the first quarter. Knight had 15 points -- outscoring the Raptors -- and four assists in the period, while Detroit outshot Toronto 71 percent to 25 percent.

Things got worse for the Raptors in the second quarter, when Jose Calderon stepped on Knight's ankle at top speed and badly sprained his right ankle. He did not return to the game.

Toronto trailed 61-37 at halftime and both teams remembered their matchup on Dec. 11, 2010, when the Raptors trailed by 25 in the third quarter before rallying to beat the Pistons, 120-116, here.

However, Toronto couldn't get the defensive stops this time it would have needed to pull off a repeat performance and Detroit led 89-58 going into the final period.

NOTES: X-rays on Calderon's ankle were negative, but his status for Sunday's game against Milwaukee is uncertain. ... The Pistons play their next 10 games in 10 different cities. Their only home game in the stretch is March 23 against Miami. ... Tayshaun Prince became the sixth player to play 700 games for the Pistons. ... Pistons F Charlie Villauneva (ankle) played the last 3 minutes -- his first action since Jan. 4.



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