New Pistons arrival Blake Griffin had tied it at 119-119 with 37.3 seconds left in overtime, but Detroit were unable to find the go-ahead score. Blake Griffin, smartly, chose to back away from the play.
Toronto called their final timeout with 22 seconds left - and six on the shot clock - and got a tough 17-foot jump shot from DeRozan with 17.5 seconds left.
"The numbers say it", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said when asked whether this is the best team he's coached, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
The Raptors' uptempo offence has eschewed long two-pointers and isolation plays in favour of ball movement and long-range bombs. "Everybody has things that you can't see, that you can't touch that they're walking around with every day". Griffin led Detroit with 31.
Love opened his piece for The Players' Tribune, published Tuesday, by describing the panic attack he suffered at halftime of the Cavs' game against the Hawks on November 5.
Toronto is not only the top team in the East but they now sit at 45-17 with a 1.5 game lead on Boston.
Toronto's Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter. Without Ibaka, the Raptors had a tough time matching up against Griffin.
The game took a dramatic turn in the third quarter, as the Raptors outscored the Pistons 40-25.
The Raptors then announced that Delon Wright would not be back because of a strained right toe, which he first injured Tuesday night. At one point the Pistons had a 17-point bulge. Powell's re-emergence, however, was a welcome sight. "I was really proud at the way he played". We did a good job fighting back, but that's where they got back in it. "He did. He found Fred".