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TORONTO - Forty-eight hours after a disheartening loss in Brooklyn, and moments after their bounce-back victory at home over the Pistons, a collection of Raptors players and coaches gathered in the locker room to watch the tail end of the Nets one-point victory over Miami. Brendan Shanahan Jersey . With less than 20 games remaining and a postseason berth all but locked up, the scoreboard watching is well underway. The red-hot Nets pulled within three games of Toronto for top spot in the Atlantic Division on Monday. In defeating the defending, two-time champion Heat Wednesday - for the third time this season - they continue to keep pace with the Raptors, breathing directly down their necks. As Dwane Casey and his players watched Brooklyn close out its seventh victory in eight games, the Raptors coach delivered a strong message to the troops. Dont look back. "We can watch that but if we dont take care of our business its not worth a crap," he said after his team did just that, defeating the Pistons 101-87 at home Wednesday evening. "Im more concerned about what we do and how were playing and how weve got to make up for Patrick (Patterson) being out and losing leads more so than anything else." The Raptors, despite Mondays loss, still control their own destiny and they sure looked like a team in the drivers seat against an inferior opponent in the reeling Pistons. Detroit is a befuddling case of disjointed talent. Despite swinging for the fences over the summer - signing Josh Smith and trading for Brandon Jennings - Joe Dumars and company have struck out this season. Chemistry is a hard thing to quantify in a team sport like basketball, as the post-trade Raptors can attest to. You either have it or you dont. When the Pistons began to come apart - as they tend to do - in the third quarter and then again in the fourth, the Raptors came together. "I thought [the bigs] were battling and our guards came back in, what we call cracking down, and cracked down to help the bigs" said Casey. "I thought that was huge. Its a five-man job." Toronto was paced in scoring by DeMar DeRozan, who had a game-high 25 points, as well as Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry, chipping in with 20 and 19 respectively. Still, it was as much a collective effort as Casey could have hoped for, especially with the injured Patterson out resting an elbow sprain. With the intimidating frontcourt duo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond to contend with, the Raptors had four players pull down eight or more rebounds, including reserves Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes. The Pistons came into the game ranked first in offensive rebounds, first in paint points and second in second-chance scoring. "We had to box out," said Johnson, who grabbed nine boards on the night. "We looked at all the stats and that was definitely the key, to get all those guys off the boards. They definitely have a big lineup and thats what we did." The Raptors "cracked down" - as Casey says - in the second half, besting Detroit 29-13 on the boards, holding the visitors to one offensive rebound. They also outscored the Pistons 24-14 in the paint and 15-0 in second-chance points over the final 24 minutes. On a night in which Brooklyn stole headlines with an impressive win over an elite team, the division-leaders took care of business. The Raptors have heeded their coaches warning, at least to this point. They havent looked back. With 11 wins in its last 12 games against opponents with records south of .500, Toronto continues to hold serve. Theyre not looking for style points so long as they come away with the prize. "A lot of our guys havent been there," Casey reiterated. "Like Ive always preached, its a different animal. I hope theyre enjoying it but yet still [understanding] how hard it is, getting there first and then after you get there it gets even harder." "Its good, its exciting, its great for our fans," he continued. "Its something our fans havent been through in a while but again, weve just got to take care of our business." Nicklas Lidstrom Jersey . Sections of the British media reported Friday that Brooklyn Beckham, the son of United great David, was invited to a training session at the club on Thursday. Kris Draper Jersey . American Lindsey Jacobellis was third, while Japans Yuka Fujimori finished just off the podium. Maltais, from Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Que., earned bronze at the 2006 Olympic Games and is set to return to the Games this February in Sochi, Russia. http://www.redwingshockeyauthentic.com/chris-chelios-jersey/ . The 18-year-old centre was the Senators first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The six-foot 196-pound native of Salmon Arm, B.AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Phoenix Suns arent known for winning games with defence.On Wednesday night, though, they pulled it off.The Suns held Detroit to 37.9-per cent shooting, including just 7 for 25 on 3-pointers, to pick up an 88-86 victory over the Pistons.It was an ugly game, especially in the first half, but well take it, Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. Weve had some games where we thought we could win them at the end, and this time we almost let one get away, but we just want to win games any way we can.Phoenix appeared to have the game locked up when they led 85-77 with 1:52 to play, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Jennings combined to hit three straight 3-pointers to give Detroit the lead with 35 seconds left.We hit some big shots and got some big stops in that stretch, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. Then they got an easy one to win it.On the first possession after Caldwell-Pope had put Detroit ahead, Eric Bledsoe sliced through the Pistons defence for an easy basket.That felt good, said Bledsoe, who led Phoenix with 18 points. My coaches and my teammates let me get the ball and make the play. That gives you confidence.Phoenix then knocked away a pass and blocked a shot before Caldwell-Pope missed a desperate 3-pointer on Detroits final possession and Bledsoe hit a free throw with 1.3 seconds left.You are always going to have frustration when you lose, but games like this are even tougher, Greg Monroe said. We just needed one more play, out of all the plays tonight.P.J. Tucker added 16 points for the Suns, who have won four of their last six.Brandon Jennings scored 19 points to lead Detroit, who is already on its third three-game losing streak after just 12 games of the season.The game was played on the 10th anniversary of Pacers-Pistons brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills that was started when Ron Artest went into the crowd after being hit by a thrown beer. The cllosest thing to a repeat came in the second quarter, when Markieff Morris and Caldwell-Pope exchanged shoves. Sergei Fedorov Jersey. Phoenix dictated the tempo in the first half, forcing the Pistons to play outside their comfort zone, but werent able to take advantage. The Suns outshot Detroit in the half, but couldnt keep them off the boards at either end. Detroit used its nine offensive rebounds to trail just 44-43 at the intermission.The Suns frustrated the Pistons in the third quarter — Monroe and Jennings picked up technicals for arguing the same call — and led by as many as nine, but couldnt finish them off. Jennings finished with 13 in the quarter, and the Suns still only led by one heading to the fourth.With Jennings on the bench, Phoenix moved the lead back to seven before he returned to start Detroits late rally.TIP INSSuns: Phoenix struggled to keep post players in the game, as both Miles Plumlee and Alex Len had five fouls in the fourth quarter, while Markieff Morris had four. ... The Suns have won nine of their last 12 against Detroit, and snapped a three-game losing streak at the Palace.Pistons: Tayshaun Prince, now with Memphis, is the only player who played for the Pistons in the brawl game that is still in the league. He was also the only player on either team who didnt leave the bench during the initial confrontation between Artest and the Pistons Ben Wallace.UP NEXTPhoenix: At Philadelphia on Friday.Detroit: At Atlanta on Friday.IN THE PAINTThe Pistons continued to struggle at one of the games simplest skills — scoring in the paint. For the second time this season, Detroit missed 30 inside shots, going 23 for 53 (43 per cent). Phoenix, on the other hand, was able to score easily inside, hitting two-thirds of their shots (21 for 32). Detroit averages 48 per cent inside this season, one of the worst percentages in the league, while their opponents average 54 per cent. ' ' '

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