TORONTO – Jerami Grant scored 24 factors, together with two key three-pointers within the fourth quarter, and Dwane Casey’s Detroit Pistons beat the Toronto Raptors 127-121 on Saturday.
Pascal Siakam had 25 factors and 12 rebounds in his fourth sport again since lacking the start of the season recovering from shoulder surgical procedure.
Isaiah Stewart added 20 for Detroit (3-9), who’re final within the Japanese Convention.
Gary Trent Jr. had 23 factors whereas OG Anunoby had 17. Goran Dragic added 16, Dalano Banton completed with 12 and Scottie Barnes had 11.
The loss was the fourth in 5 video games for the Raptors (7-7).
Neither workforce led by double digits by way of the primary three quarters of the back-and-forth affair. A frenetic ending to the third quarter noticed Banton steal the ball off fellow Canadian Cory Joseph twice in a row, end with an enormous dunk on considered one of them that introduced the capability crowd of 19,800 out of their seats.
The Raptors, sporting their black and gold metropolis version jerseys, took a 95-93 lead into the fourth.
However the Raptors fizzled within the fourth quarter, as Detroit hit 5 consecutive three-pointers – two by Grant – that put the Pistons up 117-106. The Raptors scored 5 straight factors to drag to inside six. Siakam transformed a three-point play with 2:04 to play to slice the distinction to only three.
Cade Cunningham, this season’s No. 1 draft choose, shimmied to the ring to make it a five-point sport heading into the ultimate minute. The Raptors missed 4 photographs on their subsequent possession, which all however ensured the loss as followers headed for the exits.
Historical past was made late within the first quarter when 5 Canadians had been on the ground on the identical time – Raptors Banton, Khem Birch, and Chris Boucher, and Detroit’s Joseph and Trey Lyles. Kelly Olynyk may have made it six, however the Pistons ahead and nationwide workforce veteran is out at the very least six weeks with a knee damage.
The Raptors had been lacking beginning guard Fred VanVleet, who sat out with a groin pressure that coach Nick Nurse stated “has been bothering him for a short time.” Seldom-used Dragic began in his place. Treasured Achiuwa additionally missed the sport with a sore shoulder.
Casey, in the meantime, has a younger Pistons workforce this season, which presents some distinctive challenges.
“It’s enjoyable,” stated Casey, who coached the Raptors for seven seasons. He was fired after the 2017-18 season, the identical season he was named NBA coach of the 12 months. “For me it’s thrilling only for the truth that it’s pure teaching. You wish to pull your hair out generally as a result of some nights guys make performs and the subsequent evening they don’t acknowledge one another or a basketball. However it’s thrilling.”
The Pistons hit their first 5 photographs of the evening to take an early eight-point lead. Trent Jr. had 13 factors within the first quarter and his pullup jumper with 4:51 left within the interval capped a 19-5 Raptors run that put them up by 9. The Raptors took a 34-31 lead into the second.
Neither workforce led by greater than six factors in a see-saw second quarter, and Lyles scored on a reducing dunk with 12 seconds to play and the Pistons took a 65-64 lead into the halftime break.
The Raptors had been coming off a 115-109 win at Philadelphia on Thursday that snapped a three-game shedding streak.
Banton was enjoying his fourth sport in 4 nights, after enjoying for the Raptors 905 in Mississauga, Ont., on Friday.
“He performed nice,” Nurse stated of his G League sport. “I believe that we at all times had him in our plans to play some with the 905. He’s carved out a task on this workforce possibly quicker than anybody anticipated. It was somewhat little bit of a tough state of affairs, enjoying 4 in 4. He wished to play. There have been some issues he wished to work on. For the large image, it’s a superb transfer for him and for his workforce.”
The Raptors now head west for a six-game highway journey that begins in Portland on Monday. They’ll go to Utah, Sacramento, Golden State, Memphis and Indiana earlier than returning residence to host Boston on Nov. 28.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 13, 2021.
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