rewrite this title Raptors set franchise record with 44 assists in win over Pistons

The Toronto Raptors, if just for a night, channelled the 2014 San Antonio Spurs in a historic beatdown of the Detroit Pistons, recording a franchise record 44 assists in a 142-113 win on Sunday.

The previous record was 40, set in a 132-96 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 18, 2019.

Jalen McDaniels logged the record-breaking assist, finding Malachi Flynn for an 11-foot pull-up jumper.

Echoing the ball movement that made the 2014 champions so formidable, the Raptors thrived in both the full- and half-court, finding easy baskets against a less-than-intimidating Pistons defence.

Despite their record-breaking performance, no player finished with double-digit assists, as Scottie Barnes led the way with nine, Dennis Schroder had seven and Pascal Siakam had six.

More impressive perhaps were the contributions throughout the roster as they found 15 dimes off the bench from guys like Precious Achiuwa with five and Malachi Flynn with four.

There are of course no assists without baskets, and the Raptors did plenty of scoring in the 29-point win, going 54 per cent from the field and 39 per cent from three-point range.

More telling might be the fact that they broke another franchise record in the same game, setting the mark for the most points scored in a home game with 142.

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