Dwane Casey exacts revenge as Pistons stun Raptors at buzzer
Reggie Bullock scored a buzzer-beater as the Detroit Pistons rallied from a 19-point deficit to defeat the Raptors 106-104 Wednesday night, making a winner out of coach Dwane Casey in his return to Toronto.
Blake Griffin led Detroit with 30 points.
Kawhi Leonard had 26 for Toronto while Pascal Siakam added 17 and Greg Monroe 14. Kyle Lowry had 14 points and seven assists.
Trailing by as many as 19, Detroit cut the Toronto lead to 11 going into the final quarter. A 23-9 Pistons run to open the quarter gave the visitors a 100-97 lead with less than five minutes remaining.
A Leonard layup made it a one-point game with 3:19 remaining. And he added a free throw to tie the game at 100-100.
Buckets by Griffin and Andre Drummond made it 104-100 before Lowry scored via layup. Leonard hit a shot to tie it at 104-104. Griffin missed a shot and the Raptors called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining.
Leonard headed to the basket but lost the handle and the ball slipped away with two seconds remaining.
Detroit (7-6) had 1.2 seconds left to score and Bullock sank a shot from the corner for the win.
Toronto had won six straight against Detroit since 2017, its longest winning streak in the series. The Raptors have won or tied the season series with the Pistons since 2012-13.
Casey drew a crowd, both at the Pistons' morning shootaround and his pre-game availability.
And he was given a standing ovation by the Scotiabank Arena crowd during the Pistons introductions. Lowry came over to the visitors bench to give him a big hug prior to tip-off.
The Raptors paid tribute to Casey on the video board during a first-quarter timeout. Casey was busy at the Pistons bench drawing up a play but waved to the standing crowd, mouthing thank you as the tribute wound down. Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas were among the Raptors players applauding at mid-court.