The Canadian Press
DETROIT–Blake Griffin scored 14 of his 27 points in the first quarter and the Detroit Pistons finished with plays at both ends of the court to beat the Toronto Raptors 112-107 in overtime last night.
Detroit took advantage of Toronto resting star forward Kawhi Leonard less than 48 hours after he made the go-ahead shot in the closing seconds of their win over Portland.
The highly-charged, closely-contested game in Detroit may be a first-round matchup in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Both teams had chances to win in regulation time.
Reggie Jackson put the Pistons up 96-91 with 1:56 left but then turned the ball over on a no-look pass on their next possession.
Kyle Lowry scored Toronto’s next five points and OG Anunoby tipped in a shot with 25.6 seconds left to tie the score at 100.
Lowry had the Raptors’ first seven points in overtime, giving them a 107-102 lead with 2:22 to go. But he cushion wasn’t big enough.
The Pistons rallied and Andre Drummond made two free throws to put them ahead 109-107 with 46.1 seconds left.
Lowry later missed a contested lay-up with seven seconds left and Detroit made free throws to seal the win.
Lowry scored a season-high 35 points while Pascal Siakam had 21 points for Toronto.
Jackson scored 19 points for the Pistons while Drummond added 15 points and 17 rebounds.
The go-ahead shot came shortly after Toronto got fired up because Siakam and Danny Green were called for technical fouls for arguing with officials.
The Raptors next host Houston tomorrow night.