The Toronto Raptors finally saw Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam return to the lineup after missing the last six games due to health and safety protocols, but the team didn't have enough to get it done. The Detroit Pistons, behind a balanced attack from Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant, held off a late comeback from the Raptors to come away with the win.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons: Live score updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Pistons 116, Raptors 112
What a finish. Jerami Grant knocked down a tough stepback jumper to seemingly ice the game, but Norman Powell came right back with a crazy fadeaway 3-pointer to bring the Raptors within two. After fouling Saddiq Bey, hoping for a miss, the rookie stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws to put the game away.
Powell erupted for a career-high 43 points on an absurdly efficient 14-for-18 from the field and 8-for-12 from 3-point land. For the Pistons, it was Bey's 28 points and 12 rebounds that led the charge.
Scary Hours! 🥶 @JeramiGrant pic.twitter.com/oBZOtmdhEr- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 18, 2021
Norman Powell! He knocks down an and-one 3-pointer but missed the free throw - the Raptors trail the Pistons 112-109 with 23 seconds remaining. Powell is up to a career-high 40 points.
COUNT IT- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 18, 2021
FORTY FOR NORM pic.twitter.com/F0f772uQKQ
The Raptors will not go away. Following a pair of missed free throws from Mason Plumlee, Toronto's unselfish ball movement found an easy layup for Chris Boucher. The Pistons still lead 112-106 with 39 seconds remaining , but the Raptors have the ball with a chance to make it a one-possession game.
The Raptors cut it as close as three points but the Pistons continued to come up with big buckets. Detroit leads 110-103 with under a minute to play following a clutch 3-ball from Josh Jackson and a floater from Frank Jackson.
Here come the Raptors. The Pistons had extended their lead to as much as 13 points but a 7-0 run by Toronto has it back in striking distance, now trailing 100-94 with 5:54 remaining.
End of third quarter: Pistons 88, Raptors 81
The deficit is seven heading into the final frame, with Norman Powell doing everything he can to will the Raptors to a win. The prolific scoring forward has 32 points, including this monster dunk at the end of the third.
Punched that ish 😤 pic.twitter.com/zUPqjlDufN- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 18, 2021
The Pistons' lead is starting to grow, expanding to 84-77 with 2:33 remaining in the quarter. Saddiq Bey's 20 points and Jerami Grant's 17 points continue to lead Detroit, but Mason Plumlee's double-double of 10 points and 10 boards and Delon Wright flirting with a triple-double with 12 points, seven assists and seven rebounds has the team in good shape.
Norman Powell is up to 32 points for the Raptors but help is needed. Kyle Lowry (1-8 FG), Fred VanVleet (1-7 FG) and Pascal Siakam (2-8 FG) are a combined 4-for-23 from the field for only 19 total points.
Should you leave Saddiq Bey open? #Pistons fans say yes! #DetroitUP pic.twitter.com/hQa1C75ol5- FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) March 18, 2021
Halftime: Pistons 63, Raptors 58
The Raptors are hanging close but haven't gotten over the hump just yet. The Pistons are getting quality play from Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey, who have 15 points apiece, with both players shooting 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Norman Powell's first-half surge of 21 points leads Toronto, but Chris Boucher (11 points) is the only other teammate in double figures.
In their first game back, Pascal Siakam has five points (1-4 FG), two assists and one rebound in 12 minutes of play while Fred VanVleet has five points (1-5 FG), three assists, two rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes of play.
halftime in the 313 pic.twitter.com/SdiyVdyKFM- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 18, 2021
The Pistons remain in the lead, 51-47, with 2:42 in the half. The Raptors are narrowing the deficit behind Norman Powell's 21 points but they haven't been able to take the lead. Both Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet are having trouble getting into a rhythm offensively, shooting a combined 2-for-9 from the field, but their playing time is encouraging. VanVleet is up to 16 minutes played while Siakam is at 12.
Beautiful ball movement right here pic.twitter.com/8y5PX71so6- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 17, 2021
End of first quarter: Pistons 37, Raptors 31
The Raptors were a bit slow out of the gate but Norman Powell's 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field is keeping things close. 10 points from Jerami Grant and eight points from Saddiq Bey have the Pistons jumping out to an early lead, and as a team, they're shooting 5-for-7 (71.4%) from 3-point range.
Triple bucket! 🏀🏀🏀#DetroitUp | @_Beyyy15 pic.twitter.com/Sk50DVYnyN- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 17, 2021
The Pistons lead the Raptors 28-22 with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter. Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam each served short, six-minute stints to get their legs back under them. Norman Powell has it going early, as he has so often as of late, scoring 14 quick points. Jerami Grant's 10 points leads the way for Detroit.
Chris Boucher detonates on Jerami Grant!
BONJOURRRRRRR pic.twitter.com/D0x8q84WL0- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 17, 2021
Welcome back Pascal Siakam!
Yessir!- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 17, 2021
Good to have you back, @pskills43 pic.twitter.com/la9fhqNN7F
The Raptors will start Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/oyWAa2AsCv- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 17, 2021
The Pistons will start Delon Wright, Frank Jackson, Saddiq Bey, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee.
Tonight's starting 5⃣ against the team from the 6⃣- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 17, 2021
📺: @FOXSportsDet pic.twitter.com/U5DxNYQYQX
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