The Toronto Raptors got back to .500 and rebounded from two straight losses to the Heat and Pacers to defeat the Detroit Pistons 112-91.
All five starters for the Toronto Raptors scored in double figures, with Kyle Lowry leading the way with 21 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds.
It was the third quarter that made the difference, as the Raptors came out of the break to win the quarter 34-20.
Demar Derozan scored 19 points on atrocious shooting going 3/15 from the field. He saved himself with his 13/16 from the free throw line, and a full stat line as he added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks and steals.
Terrence Ross added 17 points, with all but two of those coming from three-pointers. Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson both double-doubled as JV had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Amir added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The win pushes the Toronto Raptors back up to .500 with a record of 17-17. The victory shows that the team wasn’t affected by the two games they narrowly lost to the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat. The Raptors instead, came out and showed that they are capable of dominating teams at any time.
The loss for the Pistons was their sixth straight, as their talented core has failed to produce wins. Brandon Jennings led his team with 22 points and 9 assists. Andre Drummond has just 6 points but gathered up 16 rebounds.
The Toronto Raptors will next be hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The game marks the first large event that is associated with the Toronto Raptors Global Brand Ambassador, Drake. The global superstar has also been connected with the rumoured gold-and-black jerseys that are supposedly being considered for a re-brand.
Oddly enough (or not) all fans who attend Saturday’s game will get a black and gold t-shirt, with the Raptors logo on the front, and Drake’s owl log on the back.