After a disastrous first half filled with turnovers and porous defence, the Raptors settled down late in the third and started chipping away.
Trailing by 17 points with 10:37 to play in the fourth, the Raptors used a 17-6 run to pull within 110-104 and then let the three ball take over. Leandro Barbosa, Andrea Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless hit triples the next three possessions to give them a 113-110 lead, Bayless added another tough layup and the Raptors used free throws to overcome a 25-point deficit for their largest comeback in franchise history.
He wasn't the Game Changer based on the entire body of work as the starting point guard on Saturday, but Jerryd Bayless earns the nod for his persistence, resiliency and tougness on his way to a career-high 31 points plus seven assists and five rebounds.
Bayless was just as guilty as several of his teammates for some troubling defensive play that led to easy Detroit buckets in the first half, but he was huge in the fourth and no bigger than that final 125 seconds. Bayless set up Bargnani for the game-tying three, hit the go-ahead triple and added the next five crucial points to seal the deal.
He won't jump off the page stat wise with is 1-4 shooting or his four points, but Julian Wright came into this game focused on making an impact at the defensive end and was instrumental in starting to shift the balance of this one in the second half.
Wright was a catalyst in that fourth quarter with solid defence that forced turnovers during that instrumental run. Jay Triano certainly has his hands full in terms of juggling minutes with his wings, but Wright continues to show good things in limited burn.
"The second half we had four turnovers for four points and they had second chance points worth three. It is not about coverages and it is not about intensity, it is about taking care of the basketball and we did that in the second half and I have never been down by 20 and shooting 65 percent from the field. I knew we had no problems scoring but we had to take care of the ball and we had to box out, I thought we did a lot better job in the second half."
- Jay Triano, on the comeback.
Tues., Dec. 14 @ Bobcats
7:00 PM ET, TSN, FAN590
Armed with a little bit of momentum, the Raptors get two days to prepare for another back-to-back, beginning on the road against the Bobcats. The Raptors win on Saturday couple with a Bobcats loss vaults them into ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bobcats won the first meeting 101-96 at ACC back on Nov. 10.
|25||Deficit for the Raptors in the 3rd quarter, giving them their largest comeback in franchise history|
|33||Pistons points off 18 Raptors turnovers|
|15-4||Offensive rebounds favouring the Pistons|
|64.3||Shooting % from 3-pt range for the Raptors (9-14)|
|62.9||Overall shooting percentage from the Raptors (44-70)|
|“We just had to be accountable for ourselves out there and step up to the plate. We knew what we had to do, there was no question about that, and we just stepped it up."|
- Amir Johnson, on coming all the way back
|"We had some decent looks at the end. Things have sort of spiraled in regards to how we try to end the basketball game. Hopefully we’ll turn that around next game."|
- Pistons head coach John Kuester on the loss
|"We said that we didn’t want to be get embarrassed and then we responded and got on a roll and won the game."|
- DeMar DeRozan, on what was said