Tonight, the Detroit Pistons (35-43) lost to the Toronto Raptors (48-31) 105-102. With 1:21 remaining in the 4th quarter, the Raptors took their first lead of the game and they never looked back.
In the 2nd quarter, the Pistons even led by 20 points. However, lazy rotations and bad turnovers (6) cost the Pistons the game. In the 4th quarter, Toronto outscored Detroit 36-23.
DeMar DeRozan caught fire late, going 3 for 3 during “clutch time” finishing with 12 points and 10 assists. Jonas Valanciunas (19pts, 10rbs) and Kyle Lowry (27pts, 10ast) destroyed the Pistons all game. After missing 18 games, Kyle Lowry showed why he is the Raptors MVP.
For the Pistons, Ish Smith and Tobias Harris had a team-high 16 points while Marcus Morris poured in 15. Andre Drummond posted a double-double (11pts, 14rbs) but no Piston stood out.
Overall, this defeat is a blessing in disguise for Detroit. Unfortunately, this season is a loss and the best thing the Pistons could do right now is to lose their remaining games to secure a top 10 pick in the NBA draft.
Detroit will fly to Houston to take on MVP candidate James Harden and the 3rd place Western Conference Rockets (52-25). Game tips off at 8pm eastern.
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