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TOR loses 108-104.
Comeback falls short. Lou's last shot will be heavily criticized, as it should be. Raps will have to wait till tmrw, at earliest, to clinch
Bad all around for the Raptors, and it goes far beyond that final Lou shot, which was also bad.
No idea why Lou took a 3. Misses. Only 1.6 sec left. TOR fouls DET. Meeks hit 2/2 FT. DET up 4. game all but over.
Lou goes for the win, 3-ball rims out. Meeks can ice it at the line.
Re: previous tweet on Pistons PGs going off vs Toronto... Only 4 teams (LAL/BOS/MIN/WAS) surrender more points to opposing PGs than Raptors
Prince goes into the teeth of the D...gets the one hand runner/hook to go. 105-102 DET with exactly 1 min to play. TOR ball.
DET PGs vs Raps: Jennings: 34pts 10ast 11/22FG (Jan12), D.J.: 35pts, 8ast, 12/20FG (Jan25), Jackson: 27pts 9ast 10/17FG & counting (tonight)
There's 1:51 to go here in Auburn Hills and somehow, some way the Raptors have a one point lead.
1:51 to go, Patterson inches TOR ahead by 1, AGAIN. Raps have never had a lead of more than 1. Vasquez fouls Jackson. FT's comin. 102-101
JV still on the floor coming out of the timeout. TOR down 6. time to punch back, AGAIN
Don't be surprised if JV comes out of the game. DET has exposed him in screen roll. TOR up 1, BRIEFLY. 7-0 for DET. 97-91, 4:01 left
Raptors led briefly, their first since 17-16 midway through the 1st Q, but Pistons have scored 5 straight to regain 4pt advantage
Pistons shot 49%, 8-for-19 from 3 in the 1st half. Raptors have held them to 12-for-41 shooting, 2-for-9 from 3 in 2nd
Drummond just grabbed his 9th offensive board and has 16 rebounds total. Overall, Pistons have an 18-8 advantage on offensive glass
DET punches back. 5-0 run ... their lead back to 10
Reminder: Raptors haven't had much 4th quarter magic in the tank this season. They're 3-20 when trailing after 3Qs. Were 11-24 last year
Couple quick Raps buckets - Amir layup, Greivis 3-ball - to start the 4th and just like that the deficit is down to 5
And just like that it's a five-point game. Dude behind us is rather quiet all of a sudden.
Good news: Raps cut an 18pt Pistons lead to 11 going into the 4th. Bad news: Raps still, deservedly, trail Pistons by 11 going into the 4th
Raps down 85-74 after three. If there is reason for hope for the Raptors it is that Lou is starting to show signs of heating up.
DeRozan crunched mid-air by Drummond. No call. DD very slow to get up. Both teams now at 46% FG but DET up big still, 79-65. Q3, 3:47.
Caldwell Pope thigh bruise for DET ... possible to return
Dude behind us: "75-59. Shut up Toronto."
Third time in the last eight games the Raps have given up 60 or more in a half. Halftime scored is 60-48.
Raptors end the half shooting 48% but Pistons 27-3 advantage from 3pt range is the difference. Raps are 1-of-10 from deep, trail by 12
May be worth sitting Lowry for a while to get this right. Back injuries are unpredictable. Will need him close to 100% as possible in 3weeks
DET: 9/18 from 3PT. TOR 1/9 from 3PT. BIIIIG difference in the game right now.
Pistons have made 9-of-18 threes. Raps have attempted nine and made just one.
Casey had said Lowry was sore after practicing yesterday. He wanted to give it a go tonight but back tightened up again
After 11 minutes of action in his return, word from Raptors is that Lowry is done for the night. Back spasms.
Lowry is done for the night. Back spasms. Will not return.
In other arenas we've seen locals try to drown out traveling Raps fans w/ boos/chants. Very little resistance from Pistons faithful tonight
Raps down four and defence has been horrific. So offence has been pretty good.
Not sure what's gotten into Ross but the Raps will take it. He's been in the paint 3 times in 10 mins, resulting in a layup & floater (2/3)
Got a feeling we are going to see Chuck Hayes in this one. Casey is searching for anyone who can give him some defence.
You could see Lowry feel it in his back as he went to the basket that time. He was leaning over afterwards.
Lou looks fine.
Raps gave up 37 in the quarter. That's the second highest first quarter by an opponent this year behind the 40 the Warriors had.
Speaking strictly in terms of the offence (because no one is playing D), that was one of the better Qs Ross and Amir have played in a while
Raptors scored 27 points in 1stQ, shooting 52% and TRAIL Pistons by 10. Detroit has 37 points on 57% FG, 7-of-11 from 3. Awful defensive Q
Looks like Lou hurt himself on that last Pistons' three. He's walking it off right now and doing some carping at the officials.
Pistons are 6-for-10 from distance and now have a nine point lead with a minute to go in the quarter.
Not much D being played on either end. Raps have 8 ast on 11 FG, shooting 58%. Pistons are 9/17 (5/9 from 3) lead by 4 with 2:08 left in 1st
Ross just made a bucket through (some) contact in the paint, went back & missed another couple possessions later. A rare but welcomed sight.
No one on this Raptors team looks for Valanciunas in post or P&R as much as Lowry. Not even close, really. Having him back should help JV
Yup, this feels like a Raptors home game. Loud and proud these travelling Raps fans.
"Let's go Raptors" chants rain down as Drummond shoots FTs here in Detroit. Again, good chunk of attendance at the Palace are Raps fans
Sat out the last Raps game here at the Palace but once again there appears to be a huge number of Raps fans who made the trek down.
Casey on possibility of clinching playoffs tonight: "It would be nice but our whole focus is on us... keeping our pedal to the metal"
Lowry (back) returns from a two-game absence and will start tonight in Detroit, Raptors say.
Lowry still TBA...won't know til the bottom of the hour (in about 15 min) if he'll go or not.
By now you know the drill... Lowry is a true game-time decision tonight. He'll warm up and they'll make the call closer to tip.
Raps have already allowed 2 different Pistons PGs to go off for 30+ this year: Jennings-34, Augustin-35. They'll get Reggie Jackson tonight
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