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Pistons 91, Raptors 88

January 3, 1998

TORONTO (AP) _ Brian Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Joe Dumars hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points Friday night to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 91-88 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Jerry Stackhouse added 20 points and seven assists, while Grant Hill finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Doug Christie led the Raptors with 23 points, but just four came in the second half. Shawn Respert gave the Raptors a spark off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Damon Stoudamire had 11 points and 16 assists.

After Respert hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 88-86 with 42.4 seconds to play, Hill missed an uncontested 15-foot jump shot and Dumars grabbed the long rebound.

Forced to foul, the Raptors sent Stackhouse to the line with 16.1 seconds left. He hit the second to put the Pistons up 89-86.

Rather than go for the 3, the Raptors worked the ball in close to Reggie Slater, whose layup cut the lead to 89-88 with 9.9 seconds left. The Raptors then sent Stackhouse to the free throw line again and he hit both for a 91-88 Pistons lead.

The Raptors had three 3-point shooters on the court in Respert, Christie and Stoudamire, but Oliver Miller attempted the 3 with 6.9 seconds remaining and caught only the front rim. The Pistons rebounded and ran out the clock.

Notes: Forwards Marcus Camby (abdominal strain) and Walt Williams (hyperextended left knee) did not dress for the Raptors. ... The Pistons hold a 10-1 career advantage over the Raptors, including a 6-0 mark in Toronto. ... ... After scoring 56 points in his two previous games, Hill went cold, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. ... The Pistons have outrebounded 10 of their last 13 opponents. ... All of Detroit’s 16 losses have been by 14 points or less, and 11 have been by six points or less. ... Dumars passed Dave Bing for third place on the Pistons’ career scoring list.

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