Kyle Lowry, who missed a quarter of the National Basketball Association regular season due to surgery on his right wrist, returned to active duty Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, giving the Raptors a complete roster to use for the first time in more than a month.
"I wouldn't have played if I had any fear". "I mean, my focus would be on the things that I needed to do and what we needed to do to win the game". The Pistons are now sitting 2.5 games back of the final playoff spot in the East Conference.
Head coach Dwane Casey rolled with a seven-man rotation in the decisive fourth, the odd-man out being DeMarre Carroll, a starter who will likely continue to start.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy discusses his team's loss to the Raptors. "It shows what kind of teammate he is, but we are really, really happy for him".
Harris and Ish Smith led the Pistons with 16 points each. However, his steady progress has him back with four regular season games remaining, which is perhaps even better than the Raptors could have originally predicted. In the end, the Pistons surrendered a 12-point lead with just more than six minutes to play and lost 105-102.
Lowry, who had been out since the All-Star break because of thumb surgery, had 27 points for the Raptors (48-31), who stayed a half-game ahead of the Washington Wizards for the No. 3 seed. DeMar DeRozan followed with a 20-footer to give the Raptors a 104-100 lead with 25.6 seconds left.More news: Florida Senate Passes School Recess Bill While House Debates Different Version
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope didn't start because of the birth of his son, but arrived to the bench in the second quarter and started in the third quarter. He split the free throws to put Toronto up three, and Caldwell-Pope and Harris both missed tying shots.
Reggie Bullock received the start at shooting guard because Caldwell-Pope wasn't with the team at the start of the game because of a personal matter.
One of the beneficiaries of Lowry's return was Cory Joseph, who got to play more off the ball. Toronto won for the 21st time this season when it trailed at some point by double digits.
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There were two sequences when Lowry and Ibaka - playing their first game together - weren't on the same page, two plays that ended in turnovers: An outlet pass that sailed over Ibaka and into the courtside seats, and a dive to the basket by Ibaka that wasn't executed. The Pistons led 37-17 at the time of the switch, and the Raptors narrowed the margin to 10 at the half.
Raptors: Host the Miami Heat on Friday night.