Duren Dominates as Pistons Overcome Raptors in 116-95 Victory

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During Wednesday’s NBA action, Jalen Duren‘s exceptional performance led the Detroit Pistons to a notable victory over the Toronto Raptors, marking their first time winning three of four games in nearly two years with a final score of 113-104. Duren’s career-high 23 rebounds, alongside 24 points and five assists, showcased a level of prowess that has become rare for the Pistons during a challenging stretch.

Duren’s achievement places him in elite company this season, sharing the spotlight with Nikola Jokic and Domantas Sabonis for recording at least 20 points, 20 boards, and five assists in multiple games. At under 23, his performance sets a new benchmark for young Pistons players.

“I just wanted to get us a win, honestly,” said Duren, who turns 21 on Nov. 18. “We’ve talked a lot about running hard through the tape and finishing this year strong.”

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Cade Cunningham contributed 19 points, and the Pistons demonstrated a well-rounded effort with six players scoring in double figures. Despite Detroit’s position at the bottom of the league standings, this victory hints at potential growth and resilience.

The Raptors’ struggle was evident as they matched a season-high losing streak of five games, despite contributions from Immanuel Quickley and former Piston Kelly Olynyk. Coach Darko Rajakovic pinpointed the team’s inability to secure rebounds and prevent second-chance points as a critical downfall.

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Detroit’s comeback was fueled by a strong second half, including a pivotal 3-pointer from Stanley Umude that seized the lead at the end of the third quarter. The Pistons’ defense shone in the fourth quarter, effectively containing the Raptors and sealing the win with decisive three-pointers from Marcus Sasser.

“Hats off to our second unit tonight,” Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart said. “They built on the lead and gave the starters a cushion. Sasser got hot and Cade was a good teammate and told coach to leave him in.”

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The game also highlighted a missed opportunity for the Raptors, who had built a significant lead in the second quarter only to see it diminish by halftime.

The Raptors look forward to hosting the Orlando Magic on Friday, hoping to end their losing streak, while the Pistons aim to build on their recent success as they host the Miami Heat.

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