Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors came out firing, outscoring the Pistons by 13 points in the 1st quarter. DeMar DeRozan scored 10 points and C.J. Miles put up 7 points. Jonas Valanciunas was very effective, recording 4 points and 7 rebounds. The Raptors only struggled to contain Avery Bradley, who had scored 9 points in the quarter. The Raptors led 31-18.
Toronto made 5 three-pointers in the quarter, which is impressive for a team that doesn't shoot that well from behind the arc. Valanciunas was very dominant again as he scored 9 points. Detroit's Andre Drummond and Langston Galloway combined for 14 points in the 2nd. As the 1st half ended, Toronto led by 3 points as the score was 54-51.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 8 points, but Drummond led his team with 11 points. Drummond was a beast in the paint as he scored half of his team's points on the quarter. Valanciunas grabbed 4 rebounds before being subbed out for Jakob Poeltl. After making a free throw, Andre Drummond was able to tie up the score. The score was 73-73 going into the final period of play.
The big story of the game happened during the 4th quarter as the Raptors outscored Detroit by 9 points over the final 9:19. Miles had 8 points in the quarter, able Drummond had 6 points. With 5:28 left in the game, Kyle Lowry drilled a deep range three-pointer to put Toronto up by 6. With about 13 seconds remaining, Avery Bradley hit a three-pointer to bring the Pistons into a one possession game. With less than 6 seconds left, Delon Wright knocked down two free throws to ice the game. The Raptors defeated the Pistons 96-91.
Jonas Valanciunas: 17pts, 16 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 21pts, 4 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 18pts, 9pts, 5 assists
DeMar DeRozan: 17pts, 5 assists
Jakob Poeltl: 8pts, 5 rebounds
Delon Wright: 4pts, 5 assists
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