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Ellington, backups help Pistons beat depleted Raptors

Last Updated Mar 3, 2021 at 9:54 pm EDT

Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) passes the ball over Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. — Wayne Ellington scored 25 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the virus-depleted Toronto Raptors 129-105 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Ellington was 8 of 11 from 3-point range and the Pistons were 20 for 41 overall from long range. Detroit’s backup had 56 points, with Rodney McGruder and Saben Lee each finishing with 20.

Norman Powell had 36 points for Toronto, and Kyle Lowry added 21 points.

The Raptors played without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, three of their top four scorers, and reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Coach Nick Nurse and most of his staff also were held out.

Lee and fellow rookie Isaiah Stewart had two field goals each on a 15-0 run that lifted the Pistons to a 14-point lead early in the second quarter. Lee added six more points on a 15-5 spurt to put Detroit up 101-80 with 11:54 left.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night, but postponed because of the Raptors’ COVID outbreak. Toronto’s scheduled Sunday night game against Chicago Bulls also was postponed.

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Pistons: F Jerami Grant, who scored more points in his first 33 games as a Pistons than any other player, sat out the game with a quad injury. . . F Josh Jackson (illness) also did not play. . . . The Pistons came into the game with an NBA-leading 41.9 bench points per game.

Raptors: F Yuta Watanabe got his first NBA start, but did not score. . . . G Jalen Harris and F Donta Hall, members of Toronto’s G-League team, were added to the roster for the game. . . Powell fell a points short of his career high.

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Dick Scanlon, The Associated Press