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Raptors outlast Pistons

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:59 AM Toronto, ON ( - DeMar DeRozan registered 25 points with six rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors in a 114-110 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

Jonas Valanciunas went for 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win, while Amir Johnson added 17 points for the Raptors.

D.J. Augustin's career night was all for naught as he made the start for the injured Brandon Jennings.

Detroit announced earlier in the day that Jennings would miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon that he suffered during Saturday's game against Milwaukee.

Augustin set a career high with 35 points and also dished out eight assists for the Pistons, who have lost three straight on the road. Greg Monroe finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

"Our defense is terrible," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It really is, it's terrible."

Toronto led by five in the latter stages of the third when it went on a 10-2 run that Valanciunas capped with a layup from Kyle Lowry for an 85-72 lead.

Detroit managed to close within 10 entering the final quarter, and it cut the deficit to 89-83 with the first four points of the fourth.

The Pistons hung around later in the quarter and did not allow Toronto to run away with the game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's dunk with just over two minutes left cut Detroit's deficit to 103-99.

DeRozan kept the Raptors in front, however, converting a pair of free throws prior to making a jumper that made it an eight-point game with 1:23 left.

Detroit continued its persistency as Caldwell-Pope buried a 3 before Augustin went to the line for two free throws. Johnson responded with a pair of free throws to keep the hosts ahead 109-104 with 38.7 seconds left.

Lowry committed a boneheaded foul on Caldwell-Pope with 15.1 seconds left. Caldwell-Pope knocked down an open 3, Lowry fouled him from behind and the former hit a free throw to complete the four-point play to make it a two- point game.

Following a pair of makes at the line from Terrence Ross, Caldwell-Pope missed two 3-pointers at the other end and the Raptors held on.

"I was really pleased with our offensive production," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We're having our ups and downs. We just have to continue to improve in a lot of areas."

Augustin scored seven points during an 11-2 run that tied the game at 20-20 late in the first quarter. The Raptors led 26-25 after 12 minutes.

The game remained close until Lowry nailed a 3-pointer that kicked off a 9-3 burst over the final 2;19 of the second and helped Toronto to a 58-53 lead at halftime.

Game Notes

Caldwell-Pope had 16 points in the loss ... Toronto made 53 percent of its shots ... There were 11 lead changes and seven ties ... Each team scored 56 points in the paint.