Raptors fall in Motor City, Casey’s Pistons sweep season series
|Toronto Star 17 Mar 2019 at 17:22|
Just over a minute from the final buzzer, the Raptors worked to set up their offence on Detroit’s end of the court, trying to narrow the Pistons’ already slim lead and earn their first win of the season over old coach Dwane Casey’s new team.
When Fred VanVleet floated a pass toward Kawhi Leonard in the high post, Detroit’s Andre Drummond broke on the ball like a cornerback, making the steal and the layup and helping send the Pistons to a 110-107 win.
The result gives the Pistons a season sweep over the Raptors — they’d already won matchups in November and March — and lends credence to the idea that Detroit turns up its intensity against Toronto.
Entering Sunday, the Pistons were just 11-23 against teams with records above .500, but they’ll finish the season undefeated against the Raptors.
The good news for the Raptors: Detroit remains sixth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference as the post-season approaches and, barring a losing streak, likely won’t face the second-place Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.