Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto used a strong third quarter to overcome a slow start and beat Detroit, 110-100, Friday. Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds in their fifth straight win. Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams each netted 15 points, and James Johnson added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Toronto, which did not lead at all in the first half. I give our bench a lot of credit, said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. They came in and did their job. In their third straight loss, the Pistons were led by Brandon Jennings 22 points and eight assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Terrence Ross jumper to open the second half gave the Raptors their first lead of the game. Ross hit a floater a minute later and Amir Johnsons layup wrapped up a 12-0 Toronto run that started in the first half. A 6-0 Raptors burst later in the third gave them their first double digit lead of the game with 5 1/2 minutes to play in the quarter. That lead would remain in double digits for nearly the rest of the game. Valanciunas scored 11 of his 17 in the period to stake the visitors to a 81-70 lead through three. The Raptors extended their lead to as much as 22 on a Williams triple at the 6:28 mark, but the Pistons attempted to make the game interesting. With 3 1/2 minutes remaining, Detroit started a 12-1 run to cut its deficit to single digits. Caldwell-Pope and Jonas Jerebko each hit 3-pointers, and Jennings capped the run with four free throws. Another Caldwell-Pope 3 made it an eight-point game with 22 seconds left, but Williams hit a pair of free throws the next possession to seal it. Using seven blocks, three from Andre Drummond, the Pistons used defense to control the game early and lead 31-26 after one. The Pistons led by as many as 11 in the second period when Greg Monroes layup extended their advantage to 41-30, but the Raptors would score the last six points of the half to tie the game at 52-52. Game Notes Toronto has beaten Detroit four times in a row ... Detroit has lost 12 straight home games ... The Raptors are now 19-1 when leading after three quarters ... Drummond picked up a flagrant foul in the third quarter delivering an elbow to the chest of Johnson driving to the net ... The teams combined for 52 assists. Eric Ebron Colts Jersey
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. Plata blasted a rising shot to the upper left corner for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. He got the kick after referee Allen Chapman ruled Chris Tierney fouled John Stertzer in the penalty area.TORONTO -- The Boston Bruins, in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons the previous night, stuck to hockey Sunday. Minus the suspended Shawn Thornton, awaiting his punishment for a red mist that saw him send Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik to hospital on Saturday, the injury-ravaged Bruins rallied to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on the strength of three second-period goals. Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron -- with an empty-net goal coming out of the penalty box with 11 seconds remaining -- scored for Boston, which came into the game under scrutiny thanks to Thorntons meltdown at TD Garden. The Bruins tough guy is suspended pending a league hearing into his sucker-punch attack. For Iginla, Sundays game was a chance for the Bruins to get back to their game. "It was (good)," he said, choosing his words carefully. "Just to get the focus on just winning a game and playing. Because, yeah, it was pretty emotional. Everybody felt that from (Saturday) night." Thanks to the ugly, violent win over Pittsburgh, the Bruins (20-8-2) were also without the injured Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly, among others. Defencemen Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk were sidelined with earlier injuries. And the Bruins defensive woes were intensified Sunday when Dougie Hamilton exited after the first period with a lower-body injury after a collision with Leafs blue-liner Carl Gunnarsson. Boston coach Claude Julien said Hamilton was to return home Monday for medical evaluation but was hopeful that Boychuk might be close to returning to the lineup in his absence during the remaining three games of the Canadian road trip. Peter Holland and Jay McClement scored for Toronto (16-12-3) before an announced crowd of 19,165. The Leafs led 1-0 in the first and then cut the lead to 3-2 early in the third before Boston scored two insurance goals. Julien attributed his jury-rigged teams success to the organizations focus on playing a two-way game, whether it be wearing a Boston or AHLs Providence jersey. "The way we play is a very demanding way of playing but we feel our scouts and upper management have done a good job of giving us the types of players who can play that game," he said. "So even with the guys being called up, they play a very similar style back in Providence. And were asking them to do the same thing here. "Its about believing what your teams all about. Going out there and doing it, whether youre a young player or an older player. Our game can never change." The Leafs, who beat Ottawa 4-3 in a shootout Saturday, controlled the early going and led 1-0 after the first. But the Bruins three-goal outburst in the second period, including a pair of power-play goals in a 94-second stretch, left the Leafs in their wake. "The first period it seemed like we had our legs, we were doing a lot of things," said Toronto coach Randy Carlyle. "Then we take the one penalty and their (tying) goal kind of flattened us and the next thing you know were killing (a penalty) again right after. And it was bang-bang, all of a sudden they scored two goals and the life went out of our hockey club." Toronto, which also gave up two power-play goalls against the Senators, went 0 for 4 on its power play Sunday.dddddddddddd. The Bruins, who had to kill off a pair of penalties in the third, outshot the Leafs 39-32. The focus before the game was on Thorntons moment of madness. "I agree, he did cross the line," said Julien. "He got caught in the emotions. Theres nobody thats proud of what happened (Saturday) night. Absolutely not. So hes going to suffer the consequences and so will we." "Thorny did cross the line and some others did too," Julien added. "But sometimes you have to man up to those things and I think he did." Julien saw a woozy Miller leave the game later after being crunched into the boards by Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. The Boston coach admitted he asked the referee whether it was a penalty. "Its very minor and should impact him playing for us next game but it was a close call -- head first into the boards," said Julien. The Leafs faced Chad Johnson, who was filling in to give Bruins star goalie Tuukka Rask a night off. Jonathan Bernier started for Toronto, after James Reimers 47-save performance in Ottawa. It took the Leafs almost five minutes to get a shot on Johnson but they still showed jump and went ahead at 12:20 when Holland jammed a David Clarkson redirect of a Jake Gardiner shot into a gaping net for his third of the year. Toronto, outshot in 26 of its first 30 games, outshot the Bruins 11-10 in the first period. It took a while before shot No. 12 came, however. And Boston pulled even on the power play at 5:14 of the second period after Reilly Smith found Soderberg alone on the edge of the crease. Torontos Carter Ashton was in the penalty box for delay of game. For Smith, who grew up in nearby Mimico, it was a point in his first appearance at the Air Canada Centre. Twenty seconds after the goal, the Leafs went a man-down again with Gunnarsson sent to the box. And Krug made the Leafs pay with his eighth goal of the season at 6:47, beating Bernier with the hulking Zdeno Chara blocking the goalie in front. Ten of the Bruins 15 power-play goals this season have come from their defencemen. Boston outshot Toronto 8-0 in the second period before the home side finally put a shot on Johnson at 9:57. Defenceman Cody Franson had a good chance from in close with seven minutes remaining but the Bruins goalie made the save. Phaneuf and sniper Phil Kessel ran into each other on a line change, flooring Kessel. It was that kind of period for the Leafs. Smith hit the Toronto crossbar late in the period. Seconds later, Millers wrist shot from the blue-line slipped through Bernier at 15:58. It was his first NHL goal. Boston outshot Toronto 17-9 in the second period. McClement closed the gap to 3-2 just 37 seconds into the third, winning a faceoff in the Bruins end and then driving the Boston goal and slapping in his own rebound for his first of the year. The Bruins had to kill off consecutive penalties to maintain their lead. The Leafs, meanwhile, needed a huge save from Bernier on Jordan Caron to stay within one as the clock wound down. But he was powerless to stop Iginla after Milan Lucic accelerated past Phaneuf and fed Iginla in the crease for his sixth goal at the 16:00 mark. 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