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DeRozan scores 23 as Raptors beat Pistons 97-91

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Coach Dwane Casey says a four-game winning streak
shows his Toronto Raptors are finding ways to win.

That's something the Detroit Pistons still haven't figured out.

DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16
points in the fourth quarter and the Raptors beat the slumping
Pistons 97-91 Wednesday night.

"We're finding ways to win and that's the most important thing
for our group," Casey said. "We're believing we can win, we're
trusting each other, we're pulling for each other."

Jose Calderon had 17 assists, one shy of his season high, and
Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points for the Raptors, who last won
four straight from Nov. 17-24, 2010.

Greg Monroe scored a career-high 35 points to go with 10
rebounds and Rodney Stuckey had 13 for the Pistons, who lost
their sixth straight and fell to 2-13 on the road. Detroit is
0-17 when trailing after three quarters.

"We're trying to find out what we need to do to get back on
track," Monroe said.

Pistons rookie Kyle Singler agreed.

"We've just got to learn how to win in the fourth quarter,"
Singler said. "I'm not quite sure how we're going to get there
but we've got to learn to manage the fourth quarter better as a
team and learn how to win."

Ed Davis had 11 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, which came
in having lost six of the past seven meetings with Detroit.

As he did in Tuesday's road win at Cleveland, Anderson helped
seal it for Toronto with a trio of 3-pointers in the final

"He's the underdog and he plays like an underdog," Casey said.
"He's hungry. That's the way you have to play in this league."

The Pistons missed 12 of 30 free throws, with rookie center
Andre Drummond going 2 for 7 and Stuckey hitting only two of his
five attempts.

"We missed 12 free throws, we missed 24 shots in the paint and
that resulted in the outcome," head coach Lawrence Frank said.

Point guard Brandon Knight struggled with his shooting, making
just one of 10 field goal attempts and finishing with two

Monroe, however, was all but unstoppable, surpassing his
previous career best of 32 by hitting 14 of 22 shots.

"The game slowed down a little bit for me tonight," Monroe said.
"Once I got into a rhythm, things seemed to be a little bit

Anderson made one of three from the line to begin the fourth
then added a 3-pointer on Toronto's next possession. Just over
five minutes later he connected again, making 3-pointers on
back-to-back possessions to put the Raptors up 88-77 with 6:25

"That's what he does," DeRozan said. "If a couple of us don't
have it going, he's definitely one guy we can go to to get
points or create something for somebody else."

Monroe scored four points as Detroit cut the deficit to four
with a 7-0 run over the next 3:30, but a 3 by Calderon made it
91-84 with 2:29 remaining.

"I've always had a great deal of respect for (Calderon)," Frank
said. "He's a super competitor and has just great moxie."

DeRozan scored 10 points and Valanciunas had eight to give the
Raptors a 27-23 lead after one quarter.

Toronto led 49-43 with 1:02 left in the first half but Detroit
knotted the score with a 6-0 run, including a tip-in by Singler
at the buzzer, tying it 49-all at intermission.

Monroe had 14 points in the third, while DeRozan had 11 for the
Raptors, who took a narrow 74-71 lead into the fourth.

NOTES: Stuckey returned after sitting out Monday's loss to the
Clippers with back spasms. ... Detroit recalled G Kim English
and F Khris Middleton from Fort Wayne of the NBA Development
League. ... Calderon had a season-high 18 assists against
Orlando on Nov. 18. His career best is 19, set twice. Calderon
assisted on eight of Toronto's first 10 field goals and had nine
assists in the first quarter alone. Toronto's record for assists
in a single quarter is 11, set by Doug Christie.

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