Tonight the Detroit Pistons (7-6) came from behind to beat the Toronto Raptors (12-3) 106-104 on a Reggie Bullock buzzer-beater.
The Raptors have now lost two straight games at home and no one is happier than their former coach Dwayne Casey. Casey’s homecoming to Toronto could not have gone better as the Pistons erased a nineteen point deficit.
Blake Griffin led the Pistons with thirty points and twelve rebounds while Andre Drummond posted another double-double with eleven points and fourteen rebounds. Off the bench, Langston Galloway torched the Raptors with thirteen points on five of eight shooting. Stanley Johnson had the hardest assignment of the night guarding Kawhi Leonard and he did not disappoint. In the fourth quarter, Johnson forced Leonard into several turnovers while bodying him up and making him extremely uncomfortable on all of his shots. Johnson also hit two timely three-pointers to help the Pistons’ late surge in the fourth quarter.
For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high twenty six points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out four assists. However, thanks to Stanley Johnson, Leonard had a team-high six turnovers in thirty four minutes of play. Pascal Siakam chipped in seventeen points with seven rebounds while Kyle Lowry scored fourteen points with a team-high seven assists. Off the bench, former Piston Greg Monroe turned back the clock, scoring seventeen points with nine rebounds. Monroe saw an uptick in playing time because Serge Ibaka was ruled out with a sore knee. Danny Green also left early in the first half with back tightness.
Overall, the Pistons scrapped and crawled their way back into this game, perhaps drawing inspiration from Coach Casey’s return, but either way, this was a big win for the team. Now the Pistons get to enjoy a sort of mini-vacation as they don’t play until Monday when they take on the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers in Detroit at 7pm EST.
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