Season Series: Raptors 2-0
The Toronto Raptors have won their second Atlantic Division title, though the clincher didn’t come in the fashion they hoped.
Heading for their sixth playoff appearance in 19 seasons of existence, they still have a chance to enter the postseason with plenty of momentum.
They hope to bounce back and win for the eighth time in 10 games when they visit the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Toronto (46-33) squandered its chance to clinch the Atlantic on its own Friday, losing 108-100 at home to New York. Atlanta’s 93-88 victory over Brooklyn later in the evening gave them their first division crown since 2006-07.
Kyle Lowry, who had 25 points two nights after scoring 29 in his return from a three-game absence due to a sore knee, described the night as “sweet and sour.” The Raptors fell a game behind Chicago for the third seed in the Eastern Conference with the Bulls’ victory over Detroit.
Raptors: Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Amir Johnson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)
Pistons: Brandon Jennings (G), Rodney Stuckey (G), Kyle Singler (F), Josh Smith (F), Andre Drummond (C)
Raptors: Landry Fields – flu-like symptoms (day-to-day)
Pistons: Josh Smith – left patella tendinitis (game-time decision), Will Bynum – sore left foot (out), Chauncey Billups – left knee surgery (out), Josh Harrellson – knee (out)
By The Numbers: Raptors vs. Pistons
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Last Time They Met: Raptors 101, Pistons 87 – Mar. 14th, 2014