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Monroe scores 24, Pistons beat Raptors 108-98

Monday - 4/1/2013, 11:08pm  ET

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas slams a dunk over Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- A big effort from Detroit's bench ensured a happy ending to Jose Calderon's homecoming party.

Greg Monroe scored 24 points, Calderon had 19 points and nine assists against his former team, and the Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 108-98 on Monday night.

Rodney Stuckey scored 18 points, Jonas Jerebko had 15 and rookie Khris Middleton added 11 as the Pistons won for just the third time in 19 games.

Stuckey, Jerebko and Middleton combined for 29 of Detroit's 33 fourth-quarter points.

"That fourth quarter group was tremendous," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "Great ball movement, really good spacing, very unselfish basketball. Each of those guys really, really impacted the game."

Returning to Toronto for the first time since he was traded on Jan. 30, Calderon was honored with a standing ovation during pregame introductions and a special video tribute during a first quarter timeout.

"It felt great," Calderon said. "It's got to be one of the better moments in my career, for sure."

Calderon spent 7
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