The Toronto Raptors defeated the Detroit Pistons 95-91 on Saturday to earn their fourth straight victory, led by Pascal Siakam’s 29 points and 8 rebounds.
The Raptors won for the seventh time in eight games thanks to Gary Trent Jr.’s 19 points and Scottie Barnes’ 12 points. Both of which came in the second half. Off the bench, Precious Achiuwa contributed 10 points.
Siakam, who had eight points in the final 3:20, added, “We just continue to play together, try to limit the mistakes, and battle through everything.” Even though it won’t be ideal, as long as we stick together, we’ll support one another’s defense.
Coach Nick Nurse of Toronto stated, “We’re playing really solidly at the defensive end with some intensity and some disruptiveness.” Also Read: Klay Thompson hits 42 points to lead the Warriors to a 116-101 victory over the Rockets
The raptors defeat the Pistons 95-91
In his first game following fracturing his right hand on January 2. Marvin Bagley III of Detroit amassed a season-high 21 points and 18 rebounds.
11 points each led the Pistons, who dropped their fourth straight game, by Isaiah Livers, Hamidou Diallo, and Bojan Bogdanovic. Jaden Ivey had 10 points and 10 assists, and James Wiseman contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.
In the first and second quarters, both teams scored 22 points. But the Raptors completed the third quarter on a 9-1 surge to grab the lead, 71-70. Toronto increased their lead to eight points, but the Pistons came back with an 8-0 run to tie the game once more. Also Read: Klay Thompson, “I’m so hungry to be great”, sets NBA record of multiple 12+ threes in a single season
With 2:38 left, Trent made a 3-pointer to give the Raptors an 89-86 lead. Detroit was within one point when Ivey sank two free throws in the waning seconds.
Before Siakam converted two free throws with 11 seconds remaining, Bagley missed a shot in the lane that would have given Detroit the lead.
We played strong, gritty defense, but Casey commented, “We fouled much too much.” “Our tenacity and ferocity pleased me. Even if our defense has improved significantly, we still need to be able to score in today’s game.”
If the Raptors win in Cleveland on Sunday, it will be the first time since early December that they had a winning record.
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