After a one-day delay, the Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons met at Amalie Arena.
Detroit rode the momentum of a red-hot first quarter to knock down a season-high 20 3s en route to a 129-105 win over a Toronto team that was without five players, including OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet.
If you missed any of the action, check below for score updates, news, stats and highlights from throughout the game.
Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons
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Final: Detroit Pistons 129, Toronto Raptors 105
9:18 p.m. - With 4:20 remaining, Detroit is challenging a call on the floor.
The Pistons lead 118-96 as the game is heading towards its final stretch.
9:04 p.m. - Just over seven minutes remain in the game and the Pistons have built a 20-point lead.
Detroit up 111-91 with 7:21 remaining in regulation.
If Toronto has one last burst left, it'll have to act fast to get back in this one before it's too late.
End of Third Quarter: Detroit Pistons 98, Toronto Raptors 80
8:53 p.m. - Kyle Lowry beats the buzzer by banking a triple from deep but the deficit is still big.
Detroit has built an 18-point lead and looks to earn its 10th win of the season by holding on in the final frame.
Lowry's up to 21 points on the night while Norman Powell leads all scorers with 32 points (on 12-for-16 shooting) in 31 minutes.
Wayne Ellington has tied a career-high with eight made 3-pointers and is up to 25 points on the night with another quarter to play. Rookie Saben Lee has added 11 points and six assists off the bench.
8:37 p.m. - Detroit continues to respond and is back in command early on in the second half.
The Pistons lead 78-66 with 6:52 left in the third.
Wayne Ellington is 6-for-9 from deep and leads Detroit with 19 points. For Toronto, Norman Powell is up to 27 points in 27 minutes on 10-for-12 shooting from the field to lead Toronto.
Halftime: Detroit Pistons 69, Toronto Raptors 60
8:15 p.m. - Have a look at the halftime stats:
8:11 p.m. - One half down, one to go and Detroit remains in command.
Behind 13 points from Wayne Ellington and 11 points from Rodney McGruder, the Pistons take a nine-point lead into the break. Detroit has made a concerted effort to spread the wealth, assisting on 24 of its 26 made field goals.
Each Piston that has seen action in this one has scored.
On the other hand, only five of the 10 Raptors that have played have scored. It's been a lot of Norman Powell, who leads all scorers with 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting in 21 minutes. Kyle Lowry is up to 17 points and a team-high five assists while Aron Baynes has 10 points and two boards.
Powell, Lowry and Baynes have combined for over 80 percent of Toronto's scoring so far.
7:53 p.m. - We're approaching the midway point of the second quarter and the Raptors are trying to claw away at a sizable lead the Pistons have built.
Detroit leads 53-44 with 6:41 left in the half.
Norman Powell is up to a game-high 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting while Wayne Ellington leads Detroit with 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting from deep, his most recent triple coming in a four-point play. To slow Ellington down, Toronto has experimented with a box-and-one zone to show a different look.
End of First Quarter: Detroit Pistons 43, Toronto Raptors 37
7:38 p.m. - There was no shortage of offence in the opening frame.
With Wayne Ellington scoring nine points and Mason Plumlee adding seven points and six assists, Detroit finishes the first quarter with 43 points. The Pistons were on fire from deep, going 9-for-11 from 3-point range.
Related: Detroit assisted on 15 of its 16 made field goals.
Norman Powell (13) and Kyle Lowry (12) combined to score 25 points to pace the shorthanded Raptors. The absence of OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet is really felt on the defensive end, as the Pistons' 43 points are tied for the most allowed by the Raptors in a quarter this season.
7:22 p.m. - After the Raptors got out to an early 10-point lead, the Pistons have responded with some hot shooting from beyond the arc.
Toronto leads 17-15 with 7:10 left in the first quarter.
Norman Powell and Aron Baynes have each scored six points early on while Kyle Lowry has scored the Raptors' other five points.
🗣️ Count that pic.twitter.com/OWI1mqxFt1- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 4, 2021
For the Pistons, who are 5-for-7 from deep, sharpshooter Wayne Ellington leads the way with nine points (on 3-for-4 shooting).
6:40 p.m. - Starting for Detroit: Dennis Smith Jr., Svi Mykhailiuk, Wayne Ellington, Saddiq Bey and Mason Plumlee.
First 5⃣ ballers for Detroit tonight 🏀 #DetroitUp pic.twitter.com/eYz7wJEscL- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 4, 2021
6:35 p.m. - Down three starters, the Toronto Raptors will go with a starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Terence Davis, Norman Powell, Yuta Watanabe and Aron Baynes.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/HaYMzuvefz- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 3, 2021
5:30 p.m. - Per the league's official injury report at 5:30 p.m., five Raptors will be out while the Pistons will be without six players, with a seventh listed as doubtful. The report is as follows:
|Team||Player Name||Current Status||Reason|
|Detroit Pistons||Jerami Grant||Doubtful||Left Quadriceps Contusion|
|Blake Griffin||Out||Not With Team|
|Killian Hayes||Out||Strained Right Hip|
|Jahlil Okafor||Out||Left Knee Surgery|
|Delon Wright||Out||Right Adductor Strain|
|Toronto Raptors||OG Anunoby||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
|Malachi Flynn||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
|Patrick McCaw||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
|Pascal Siakam||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
|Fred VanVleet||Out||Health and Safety Protocols|
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