RAPTORS AT PISTONS PREGAME NOTES: The Pistons rank second in the NBA in bench scoring in 2019-20. Detroit’s bench is currently averaging the most bench points in a single season in franchise history with 46.5 points per game.

INJURY REPORT AT 1:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY

Detroit Pistons Bone, Jordan Out G League – Two-Way Doumbouya, Sekou Out G League – On Assignment Drummond, Andre Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Eye; Inflammation Griffin, Blake Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Soreness Jackson, Reggie Out Injury/Illness – Left Lumbar Spine; Stress Reaction King, Louis Out G League – Two-Way Thomas, Khyri Out Injury/Illness – Right Foot; Surgery

Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way Hernandez, Dewan Out G League – On Assignment Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction Ponds, Shamorie Out G League – Two-Way Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle; fracture – distal phalanx VanVleet, Fred Doubtful Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Contusion

TORONTO RAPTORS (18-8) AT DETROIT PISTONS (11-16) REGULAR SEASON GAME #28 / HOME GAME #15 LITTLE CAESARS ARENA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. ET TV: FSD RADIO: 97.1 FM


PISTONS LAST GAME STARTERS

F 17 Tony Snell Ht: 6-7 Wt: 213 New Mexico

Averages: 8.3 Pts 1.8 Rebs 1.4 Asts 0.4 Stls 25.9 Min

LAST GAME: 10 points (two triples) and three assists in 26 minutes vs. WAS (12/16)…Ninth double-digit scoring game on year. THIS SEASON: Ranks 10th in NBA in 3FG% (.452, 47-104 3FG)…Missed four games – left hip strain (11/20-11/25)…Ranks third on team with 47 3FG…Six-straight games with two+ threes (11/2-11/12), fourstraight with three+ 3-pointers (11/4-11/11); marked career-long streaks…Five-straight games scoring 10+ pts (11/2-11/11); tied career-long streak…Season-high 24 points (9-9 FG, 6-6 3FG) vs. NYK (11/6)…Became 1st Piston, 9th NBA player to make six threes, shoot 1.000 from the field.

F 8 Markieff Morris Ht: 6-10 Wt: 245 Kansas

Averages: 11.0 Pts 4.0 Rebs 1.6 Asts 0.7 Stls 22.5 Min

LAST GAME: Season-high-tying 22 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3FG), five rebounds, three assists, one steal in 33 minutes vs. WAS (12/16)…Third-straight double-digit scoring game. THIS SEASON: Ranks tied for 21st in NBA in 3FG% (.416, 42-of-101 3FG)…Ranks fourth on team in total rebounds (105)…Made multiple threes in 13 games… Has scored in double figures in 15 games…Recorded 1,000th career assist vs. MIN (11/11)…Has two 20-plus scoring games…Season-high four 3-pointers vs. NYK (11/6)…Scored in double-digits in four-straight games (11/6-11/12) and three-straight games (10/30-11/2).

C 7 Thon Maker Ht: 7-1 Wt: 221 South Sudan

Averages: 3.2 Pts 1.9 Rebs 0.5 Asts 0.6 Blks 11.0 Min

LAST GAME: Four points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes vs. WAS (12/16)…Second start of season. THIS SEASON: Ranks third on team in blocks (16)…Five games with multiple blocks…One game with double-digit scoring (seasonhigh 12 points at MIA, 11/12)…Shooting 26-of-49 (.531) from field, 7-of-14 (.500) from 3-point range…Has played in 25 games.

G 5 Luke Kennard Ht: 6-5 Wt: 206 Duke

Averages: 16.1 Pts 3.5 Rebs 4.2 Asts 0.5 Stls 33.0 Min

LAST GAME: 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-7 3FG), six rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes vs. WAS (12/16)…19th game with multiple 3-pointers.

THIS SEASON: 67-of-170 (.394) from distance; first in 3FG on team, first in 3FGA…Has led team in scoring six times, in assists four times…Ranks T-6th in NBA in FT% (.904)…Made at least three triples in 13 games, at least four 3-pointers in seven games…Tallied double-digit scoring in 20 games, 20+ in 10 games…Three-straight games leading team in pts, minutes (11/811/12)…Career-long streak with three-straight 20-plus pt games (11/8-11/12)…Careerhigh 30 pts, career-best six 3FG at IND (10/23).

G 6 Bruce Brown Ht: 6-5 Wt: 202 Miami

Averages: 8.1 Pts 4.5 Rebs 3.7 Asts 1.1 Stls 26.4 Min

LAST GAME: 20 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3FG, 8-8 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes vs. WAS (12/16)…Set career high for FTM (eight) and tied career high for FTA (eight)…Second career 20-plus point game. THIS SEASON: First double-double of career (16 points, career-high-tying 10 rebounds) and career-high four steals at HOU (12/14)…Ranks second on team in steals (29)…Eight games with multiple steals…Has led Pistons in passing in seven games, including threestraight (11/12-11/20)…Nine games with double-digit scoring…Career-high 11 assists at MIA (11/12)…First time in career collecting consecutive games scoring in double figures (11/2-11/4)…Career highs in points (22), FG (8), FGA (20), minutes (40) vs. BKN (11/2).

PISTONS NOTES

PISTONS POURING IT IN: Detroit has shot .385 from 3-point range this season, which ranks second in the NBA. Detroit is shooting the third-highest percentage from beyond the arc in franchise history (franchise record – .404, 1995-96).

SECOND-UNIT SUCCESS: The Pistons have had a tremendous amount of offensive production from their bench, ranking second in the NBA in bench scoring in 2019-20. Detroit’s bench is currently averaging the most bench points in a single season in franchise history.

PISTONS SINGLE-SEASON BENCH SCORING RECORD

SEASON BENCH PPG

2019-20 46.5

2010-11 39.0

1976-77 37.5

1985-86 37.5

HEADING SOUTH ACROSS THE BORDER: Detroit’s game versus Dallas on Dec. 12 marked the 10th NBA regular-season game ever played in Mexico City and the first regular-season game for the Pistons in Mexico City. Detroit had played one preseason game in Mexico City, previously squaring off with the Washington Bullets on Oct. 30, 1995 leading to a 110-99 victory at Palacio de los Deportes. The matchup with on Dec. 12 with Dallas was Detroit’s second regular-season international game (Jan. 17, 2013 vs. New York Knicks in London – the Pistons fell to the Knicks, 87-102).

COMBINED BENCH HISTORY: Detroit’s bench combined to score at least 60 points in back-to-back games (12/1-12/3), marking just the second time in franchise history the Pistons have had consecutive games with 60 or more points from their reserves. The Pistons had 75 bench points vs. SAS on Dec. 1 and 67 points on Dec. 3 at CLE. The only other time since 1970-71 (first year starters were listed) that Detroit has done so was from Dec. 26-28, 2012.

STRONG SHOWING VS. THE SPURS: The Pistons tallied a season-best 132 points vs. San Antonio on Dec. 1. Below are some highlights from the Pistons: – The Pistons led wire-to-wire for the first time this season. – Detroit’s 132 points marked a season high, while the Pistons’ 37 points in the third quarter was the most the team has scored in a third frame this season. – The 34-point win marked the largest margin of victory for Detroit this season and the franchise’s largest ever in a win over the Spurs (previous high was 32 points vs. SAS – 143-111 on Nov. 27, 1987). – The Pistons’ reserves scored 75 points, marking the highest total for bench scoring for Detroit since Dec. 26, 2012. – Detroit grabbed a season-high 50 rebounds and totaled a season-high 70 points in the paint.
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST: The Pistons erupted for 128 points vs. Atlanta on Nov. 22. Below are some details of Detroit’s offensive prowess against the Hawks: – Detroit went on a 20-0 run in the first quarter vs. Atlanta (went from down 7-17 to up 27-17), marking the longest run by the Pistons since going on a 24-0 run at Portland on Nov. 8, 2015. – Detroit scored 76 points in the first half. It is the most points in a first half by Detroit since scoring 77 points on Dec. 2, 1983 also against Atlanta. The last time Detroit scored 76-plus points in either half was Feb. 7, 1995 vs. Washington (76 in second half). – The Pistons scored 43 points in the second quarter, marking their highest-scoring quarter on the year. – The Pistons finished 49-of-82 (.598) from the floor, marking their best shooting percentage in 2019-20. – Detroit finished 17-of-34 (.500) from 3-point range. The 17 triples set a season best for the Pistons.
REVERED RESERVES:
Detroit has had three players score at least 30 points in a game off the bench this season (Kennard, Rose, Galloway), marking just the second time in franchise history that a Pistons team has had three reserves score 30-plus points in any game in a season (2010-11 – Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Richard Hamilton). Kennard, Rose and Galloway join a group of now 15 Pistons players who have ever tallied at least 30 points as a reserve.

BENCH DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Both Derrick Rose (10 points/10 rebounds) and Christian Wood (28 points/10 rebounds) tallied double-double vs. San Antonio on Dec. 1, becoming the first duo to have double-doubles in the same game off the bench for Detroit since Dec. 28, 2012 (Andre Drummond and Will Bynum). Rose also totaled 16 points and 10 assists off the bench at Toronto on Oct. 30, while Wood (19 points, 12 rebounds vs. IND, 10/28) became the first Pistons reserve to record a double-double with such numbers since Boban Marjanovic on Apr. 7, 2017.

DISHING IT AROUND: Detroit dished out a season-high 37 assists versus the New York Knicks on Nov. 6, marking the team’s most assists since recording 37 dimes in a 108-85 win over Minnesota on Feb. 16, 2010. Detroit has five games with 30 or more assists this season (most recent – 33 at CLE, 12/3).

OPENING NIGHT MADNESS: The Detroit Pistons had several historic individual achievements in the season opener at Indiana on Oct. 23. Below are some of those accomplishments: – Luke Kennard and Andre Drummond became the first Pistons duo to both score 30-plus points in a season opener. – Drummond became the first Piston to ever have 30-plus points/20-plus rebounds in a season opener. o Drummond is the first since Dennis Rodman (Jan. 2, 1991) to have any game with at least 30 points/20 rebounds. – Drummond became the first player in NBA history since at least 1973-74 with minimums of 32 points, 23 rebounds, three steals and four blocks in a season opener. o He is just the fourth NBA player to have any game with such minimums (H. Olajuwon, J.B. Carroll, D. Robinson) – (stls and blks introduced 1973-74

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