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Archive for Sunday, April 28, 2002

Toronto tips Detroit to remain alive - Raptors 94, Pistons 84 (Pistons lead series, 2-1)

April 28, 2002

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— Antonio Davis was all but unstoppable, while Jerry Stackhouse was practically invisible.

Davis was 14-of-19 from the field and scored 30 points Saturday night as the Toronto Raptors avoided being eliminated from the playoffs with a 94-84 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Playing under control and with a sense of desperation, the Raptors found a way to shut down Stackhouse and capitalize on their height advantage.

Keon Clark added 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Alvin Williams scored 17 and Chris Childs had 12 points and 10 assists in his second consecutive start. The Raptors led by as many as 20 points and withstood a 10-0 run by the Pistons in the fourth quarter to force Game 4 Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Stackhouse missed his first seven shots, was scoreless in the first half and finished with 11 points on 2-for-10 shooting. In addition, he was taunted by a sellout crowd that chanted his name as he struggled.

Chucky Atkins scored 13 of Detroit's first 16 points and led the Pistons with 21.

The Raptors seemed to have the game in hand, leading 83-67 early in the fourth. But Cliff Robinson and Jon Barry hit 3-pointers, Atkins made a running bank shot and Barry had an uncontested layup off a turnover. The 10-0 run cut Toronto's lead to six.

A three-pointer by Childs with 1:08 left ended any doubt about the outcome.

Davis had 18 points by halftime on 9-of-11 shooting, while Clark was 5-for-7 as Toronto had a huge edge in frontcourt scoring.

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