Kyle Lowry returns, Raptors beat Pistons 105-102

Kyle Lowry

Cory Joseph knocked down two consecutive threes to cut the Raptors' deficit to 50-39 with 2:41 left in the second quarter.

Barring a miracle to get the Pistons into the playoffs, Drummond and the Pistons will play their final game at The Palace at 8 p.m. on Monday against the Washington Wizards. Following Wednesday's win, the Raptors had Thursday off and now get set to play host to Miami on Friday night, Toronto's final home game of the regular season, before closing out the year with a Sunday matinee in NY against the Knicks and Wednesday night in Cleveland. "I liked the way we finished, but we can't play that way and expect to go anywhere". In the end, the Pistons surrendered a 12-point lead with just more than six minutes to play and lost 105-102. It's darn near impossible, but should Charlotte and the Pistons win out and Chicago, Miami and IN lose their final 12 games Detroit would claim the seventh seed. We certainly don't want our guys to do it, we'd hold the ball and the whole thing, " Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.

"I wouldn't have played if I had any fear".

When it was over and the Raps had come back from a 20-point hole to beat the Pistons, the head coach admitted he miscalculated Lowry's time on the floor.

The Toronto Raptors welcomed back Kyle Lowry to the team, then shot the ball like he had to win the game by himself. We pretty much have to go undefeated, and we need a couple of teams to lose three more games. With three more ties in the final minutes, a Valanciunas hook shot followed by a DeRozan jump shot gave Toronto a four-point lead.

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Detroit was playing without starting point guard Reggie Jackson, who has been shut down since March 24 after struggling all season after a knee injury.

The Pistons would get within two, but Valanciunas would hit a free throw to give Toronto a three-point lead with 7.1 seconds and the Pistons could not connect on multiple attempts from beyond the arc.

The step the Raptors must now complete is for the likes of Ibaka and Tucker to continue to play off Lowry, who cited the team's toughness, resilience and experience as the reasons why they escaped the Palace after trailing by as many as 20. He joined the Pistons' bench late in the first half and started the second half. The victory was Toronto's largest comeback win of the season and the second fourth-quarter comeback for the Raptors in Detroit this season. The Pistons and Detroit Red Wings both move to Little Caesars Arena this fall, after what is likely to be the first season where they both miss the playoffs since 1982-83. Caldwell-Pope took his regular rotation spot in the second half, but only scored two points.

Chicago and IN both play Thursday night, the Bulls at Philadelphia and Pacers hosting Milwaukee, and wins would mathematically eliminate the Pistons.

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