Pistons' 'Zoo Squad' Leads Detroit Over Raptors

Rodney Stuckey scores 18 in win
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 6:45 PM CDT
Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell, center, goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard Carlos Delfino, left, and Rasho Nesterovic , right, during their game today in Michigan.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – Jason Maxiell and Rodney Stuckey combined for 18 fourth-quarter points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Toronto Raptors 91-84 today. The loss drops Toronto (40-40) into a tie with Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference's sixth seed with two games left, although the Raptors have the tiebreaker. The sixth seed will play Orlando in the first round, while the seventh seed faces Detroit.

The score was tied at 65 early in the fourth, and the Pistons had all five starters on the bench, having already clinched the second seed. But Maxiell and Stuckey helped Detroit's young second unit outplay the Toronto regulars. Stuckey led the Pistons with 18 points, while Maxiell and Chauncey Billups added 14 each. Chris Bosh had 30 for Toronto.