The Detroit Pistons dominated the Toronto Raptors in this one, sweeping the season-series 3-0.
Behind a balanced scoring attack that saw six different players notch double figures, the Pistons depth put the pressure on the Raptors. Detroit converting 50.0 percent of their 3-point attempts also played a key factor in the outcome, as Toronto's defence had no answer.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Pistons 118, Raptors 104
The Raptors' defence had no answer for the Pistons all game. Detroit shot 50.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, making it look easy on the offensive end. Saddiq Bey, Saben Lee and Hamidou Diallo all scored 19 points apiece to lead the Pistons, while Detroit's bench out-scored Toronto's 65-24 to decide the outcome.
Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 22 points, OG Anunoby chipped in 19 points and Gary Trent Jr. had his best game yet as a Raptor with 15 points, but they didn't have enough offensive fire power to make up for their lack of defence.
Raptors: sleeping- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 30, 2021
🔹 @hamidoudiallo 19 points / 10 rebounds
🔹 @SabenLee 19 points / 5 assists
🔹 @_Beyyy15 19 points / 4 assists
🔹 @Cory_Joe 17 points / 5 rebounds
6⃣5⃣ points from our bench 👏 pic.twitter.com/MxEYVP7T9o
The Pistons aren't budging on this one - they lead the Raptors 110-90 with 5:38 left in the game. The biggest difference has been bench scoring, where Detroit's second unit is out-scoring Toronto 57-18.
End of third quarter: Pistons 92, Raptors 75
The Raptors failed to make any dent in the Pistons' lead, trailing by 17 points going into the fourth quarter. Detroit is lighting it up from 3-point range, shooting 14-for-28 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. Rookie sharpshooter Saddiq Bey has done the most damage on that front, going 5-for-7 from distance for a team-high 19 points.
The Raptors have gotten 22 points from Fred VanVleet, but there hasn't been much help elsewhere. Pascal Siakam has really struggled with just six points while shooting 1-for-7 from the field. One of the few bright spots: newly acquired Gary Trent Jr. is having his best game as a Raptor with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. This one pass was particularly impressive.
That's sick, @gtrentjr pic.twitter.com/dMt8InOK7C- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 30, 2021
Halftime: Pistons 66, Raptors 50
It was an ugly half for the Raptors, who allowed the Pistons to shoot 54.3 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from 3-point land. Fred VanVleet was one of the few players providing some energy, scoring 19 points on four 3-pointers, but the star guard hobbled to the locker room before halftime with an apparent injury. At the break, the Raptors announced that VanVleet "jammed" his leg and will be available to return.
Up 1⃣6⃣ at the half!- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 30, 2021
🔹 @hamidoudiallo 14 points / 4 rebounds
🔹 @SabenLee 14 points / 1 rebound
🔹 @_Beyyy15 11 points / 2 rebounds
3⃣0⃣ points from the bench 👏 pic.twitter.com/QTtWwoPAUt
Struggling to come up with stops, the Raptors trail the Pistons 54-37 with 5:42 to play in the half. Detroit's bench tandem of Cory Joseph (10 points) and Hamidou Diallo (14 points) are providing a punch to keep their team out in front.
Stay on ya feet big fella 🔥 @hamidoudiallo #DetroitUp pic.twitter.com/bGQLqJgAXh- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 30, 2021
The Pistons are amidst a 20-6 run as they have maintained a 44-27 lead early in the second quarter. Head coach Nick Nurse has taken a timeout to try and weather the storm.
End of first quarter: Pistons 35, Raptors 27
Defensive lapses have the Raptors playing from behind after one frame. The Pistons are shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from 3-point range, with Saddiq Bey's eight points leading the way. Fred VanVleet has the hot hand for Toronto, scoring 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field.
Early on pic.twitter.com/hPEsgkVW3A- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 30, 2021
Gary Trent Jr. gets his first two 3-pointers of the game to fall. Toronto still trails Detroit 14-12 at the first stoppage in play with 6:50 to go in the quarter.
Look at this ball movement pic.twitter.com/TtJfRJorpZ- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 30, 2021
The Pistons will start Saben Lee, Wayne Ellington, Saddiq Bey, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee.
Saben's second start. Try saying that five times fast.....#DetroitUp pic.twitter.com/yg7QeekddM- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 30, 2021
Kyle Lowry (foot) WILL play tonight and start alongside Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/pJYlP1XIL5- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 29, 2021
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