Raptors swept in season series with Detroit after 118-104 loss

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The Toronto Raptors dropped their third game in a row on Monday night, losing 118-104 to the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. This was also Toronto’s third loss of the year to Detroit, securing the season sweep.

Saddiq Bey led the Pistons in scoring with 19 points, sinking five shots from deep. Hamidou Diallo followed with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Fred VanVleet led a timid Toronto offence with 22 points. OG Anunoby contributed 19 points, while recent trade deadline acquisition Gary Trent Jr. scored 15.

The Pistons were red hot from three-point range all night, shooting 15-for-30. Toronto’s defence, notorious for its switching and rotating abilities, could not keep up with Detroit’s ball movement. The Raptors only hit 30.6 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, led by VanVleet’s four makes.

Just like the two prior meetings between these teams this season, the Pistons had supremacy on the glass, outrebounding the Raptors 45-36. Mason Plumlee and Isaiah Stewart dominated the paint, scoring a combined 19 points between them, compared to eight combined points scored by Aron Baynes and Chris Boucher.

The Raptors’ bench struggled offensively once again on Monday night, scoring only 24 points. The same could not be said for the Pistons’ bench, as they scored 65 points collectively, led by Diallo’s 19 and Cory Joseph’s 17.

Pascal Siakam fouled out of the contest late in the fourth quarter. He had 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

De’Andre Bembry and Paul Watson Jr. missed the game due to Covid protocols, while Patrick McCaw and Jaylen Harris were ruled out with injuries.

The Raptors and the Pistons are no strangers to season series sweeps, as they’ve exchanged sweeps every year since the 2017-2018 season.

Toronto will travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder on Wednesday night.

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