Toronto Raptors outscore Detroit Pistons, 125-113
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO — Raptors forward Pascal Siakam scored 30 points five times last season, when he played in 80 games.
Thanks to a huge third quarter Wednesday night, Siakam already has an NBA-leading three 30-point performances in five games this season.
Siakam finished with 30 points, including 19 in the third, and Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 assists as Toronto beat the Detroit Pistons 125-113 for its fourth victory in five games.
Siakam made eight of 12 shots in the third, including three of four from 3-point range, as the defending NBA champions outscored Detroit 37-27 to take a 101-85 lead into the fourth.
“I feel comfortable,” Siakam said. “The more I get in situations like that, the more comfortable I get. Just having the coach trust me to have the ball in my hands, and my teammates also, it feels good.”
Toronto guard Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell each had 19 and OG Anonuby added 13 for the Raptors. Toronto shot 59% from the field (51 for 86), its best mark of the season.
“Our individual defense was lacking,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Whoever was out there, we weren’t guarding them.”
Detroit also committed 20 turnovers, leading to 29 points for Toronto.
Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost three of four. Derrick Rose added 16 points and 10 assists.