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TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors will try to shake off a pair of losses tonight when they host the struggling Detroit Pistons. Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. In Tuesdays 86-79 loss at Indiana, DeMar DeRozan led the way with 28 points and Patrick Patterson added 20 for the Raptors, who shot 37 percent for the game and received 16 points from Kyle Lowry. "Down the stretch, you cant beat a team like that by trading baskets with them," said Patterson. "You have to get stops and we just couldnt do that." The 79 points were a season low for the Raptors, who managed just 80 in a loss to Chicago on Nov. 15. DeRozan has scored 20 or more points in six of his last seven games. Toronto will open a three-game homestand Wednesday versus Detroit, Brooklyn and Milwaukee, and is 6-8 at Air Canada Centre. For their part, the Pistons are caught in a funk and will resume a three-game road trip tonight. Detroit has dropped five in a row and three straight on the road, including Tuesdays 89-85 setback at New York in the opener of the trek. Josh Smith led the Pistons with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Greg Monroe ended with 19 points and Andre Drummond added 12 and 17 rebounds. The Pistons fell to 8-9 on the road, shot 37.2 percent and made just 3-of-19 3-pointers. "It was a very good effort," said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. "(We) got down 17 and was able to fight back. We just didnt make any shots in the end to get over the hump. We played hard though." Detroit will close the trek Friday at Philadelphia. The Raptors and Pistons split four meetings last season. Wholesale Jordan 1 .com) - Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called Joe Flacco the NFLs best quarterback last week. 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Roy Hibbert finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost five straight since an opening-night win over winless Philadelphia. Chris Copeland tallied 17 points and Donald Sloan added 15 in the setback. Boston, which snapped a three-game losing streak, won the game but lost rookie point guard Marcus Smart to an ankle injury. Smart drove the lane early in the fourth and was fouled by A.J. Price as the two got tangled up. Smart rolled his ankle on Lavoy Allens shoe before getting fouled, and immediately grabbed at his lower left leg in pain. After more than five minutes with Bostons medical team on the court, Smart was stabilized on a stretcher and wheeled into the locker room. The sixth overall pick finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting in 15 1/2 minutes of action. According to initial reports, X-rays were negative, but Smart will still undergo an MRI. Were going to go take him in for a further look, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Its either a sprained ankle or broken. We hope its a sprain. Phil Pressey came on moments after Smart exited the contest and gave the Celtics a lift, scoring five points with four assists. Presseys 3-pointer capped a 9-2 run for an 82-77 Celtics lead just over two minutes into the fourth. Later in the quarter, Braandon Bass received a behind-the-back pass from Pressey and hit a corner jumper before Sullinger knocked down a 3-pointer for a 97-90 lead with 3 1/2 to play.dddddddddddd. Indiana chipped away at the lead over the next couple of minutes, as Boston went cold. Hibberts free throws cut the deficit to 97-96 with 58.3 seconds remaining. Our guys were battling the whole night, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. It was a back-and-forth game. Sloans driving layup was off the mark on the Pacers next possession, and Green nailed a pair of free throws after a huge offensive rebound with 6.1 seconds left. Sloan and Bradley traded two free throws to keep it a three-point game. Out of a timeout, Stevens had a zone defense set up and Gerald Wallace picked off the inbounds pass as Boston held on. I thought we were great defensively at the end, Stevens said. Olynyk made back-to-back 3-pointers from the top of the arc before Green converted a hook shot for a 21-14 edge at the midway point of the first. The Celtics led by 13 after a 9-2 run late in the second quarter, but they didnt score over the final 2:50 and Indiana closed the half on a 10-0 run, trailing 55-52 at half. Indiana then took the lead out of the break, scoring the first seven points of the third for a 59-55 after Solomon Hills ferocious driving dunk. The Pacers led 75-73 entering the fourth. Game Notes Boston has won 10 of the last 13 against Indiana at home ... The Celtics went 39-for-85 from the floor ... The Pacers owned a 42-38 rebound edge and a 56-34 advantage in the paint. 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