The Pistons were outscored 37-22 in the fourth quarter and lost to the Toronto Raptors 105-102. The Raptors scored 50 points in the paint thanks in large part to a driving Kyle Lowry and a polished Jonas Valanciunas (9-for-11 from the field).
Aron Baynes collected 12 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes:
And like all good shot blockers, he keeps the ball in play. In all seriousness, it’s a great closeout.
Smith scored 16 points and made a point to punish Toronto with penetration:
Above, Smith uses a staggered screen to turn the corner.
Tobias Harris also scored 16 on a couple set-ups from Beno Udrih:
Udrih pitched in with eight points and eight assists which included above and below:
Jonas Valanciunas put the Raptors up two:
Drummond goes with DeRozan but nobody helps on the cutting JV.
After an Ish Smith missed jumper failed to tie the game, the dagger from DeMar DeRozan:
Which is slight payback from earlier in the season:
After missing the previous 18 games, Kyle Lowry showed zero signs of rust finishing with 27 points and 10 assists:
The depicted 3-point attempt from above is basically target practice as there are around eight to ten feet of comfy, shot friendly room.
Hang in there, only a couple games remain :(