Raptors eventually put away listless Pistons

Toronto Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez battles for the ball against Detroit Pistons centre...

Toronto Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez battles for the ball against Detroit Pistons centre Greg Monroe at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, March 12, 2014. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

TORONTO - Eventually, Toronto’s inability to go for the jugular will come back to haunt the team.

Eventually, a game of much more substance and meaning will be played and any mental lapse cannot be tolerated.

Until then, the Raptors can win games such as Wednesday’s visit by the listless Pistons, a team that showed the scars of playing a back-to-back.

But with playoff positioning about to take on added meaning, the Raptors have to find a way to close out an opponent and take away its will.

Leads have to be extended, moments seized and a killer instinct developed.

John Salmons put this game away with a three-ball, giving Toronto a 96-79 lead with two minutes left in the evening.

The game should have been determined much earlier, but a win is a win and Toronto did continue its dominance at home, giving their fickle fans a free slice of pizza following a 101-87 win.


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