3 takeaways as Pistons continue win streak over Raptors

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Pistons, Cade Cunningham
Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

Can the Detroit Pistons just play the Toronto Raptors every night?

Detroit continued their domination of Toronto, winning their sixth in a row over the Raptors dating back to last season.

Dwane Casey is now 9-3 against his former team, as the Pistons were able to build a big lead in the third and hold off a ferocious comeback attempt down the stretch.

The Pistons got some help by a couple of timely Nick Nurse technical fouls and a bunch of missed free throws, as the Raptors were complaining to the refs all night even though they were getting most of the calls and shot eight more freebies than Detroit.

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It took some clutch shots down the stretch and a big block by Cade Cunningham as the clock wound down for the Pistons to continue their win streak over Toronto.

Here are three takeaways from Detroit’s win over their northern rivals.

The Detroit Pistons took care of the ball

Turnovers have been a problem all season for Detroit but they’ve been taking better care of the ball of late, including last night, when they only had nine turnovers total.

Even though they are still just 21st in the NBA in turnovers overall, they are averaging just over 12 per game over their last three and 13 per game over their last 10 games.

That number would put them in the top-5 in the NBA if done over a whole season, so it is nice to see the young Pistons improving in this area as the season goes on.

The two guards, Cunningham and Killian Hayes, had just two between them and Detroit played a clean game that helped them overcome their typically lousy 3-point shooting.