The Pistons shook off an awful first half and Gordon scored seven of their final eight points -- including the go-ahead basket -- to hang on for a 76-73 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
Gordon's 3-pointer with less than 3 minutes to play broke a 68-all tie and he added four subsequent free throws to keep Detroit ahead. He and rookie Brandon Knight each scored 19 points to help the Pistons end a two-game losing streak.
"Obviously all game was pretty much an ugly game," Gordon said. "We just stuck it out and tried to be more persistent than they were."
DeMar DeRozan had 16 to lead the Raptors, who lost their third straight.
The Pistons couldn't celebrate the victory until Linas Kleiza's wide-open 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired.
"LK had a great look at the end of the game and that's all we can ask for," said Raptors Coach Dwane Casey, who did not play DeRozan in the final quarter to give a handful of other players more minutes as his team plays out the final games of the season.
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Alan Anderson had two chances to give the Raptors the lead in the final 20 seconds but missed both shots.
Gordon's 3-pointer capped a second half that had 15 lead changes and five ties. Detroit turned 17 Raptors turnovers into 18 points and shot 20 percent better from the field in the last 24 minutes.
Neither team will be playing beyond the end of the regular season and Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said that seemed to show Sunday night.
"Both teams obviously are in very similar situations," he said. "Almost identical records, both not going to the playoffs.
"Those games go either one of two ways: Either 130-126 or it's this."
Toronto took a 34-29 lead to intermission after the teams combined for the NBA's second-lowest halftime output of the season. The Pistons made just 27 percent of their field-goal attempts in the opening half and the Raptors (35.1) weren't much better. Detroit's 29 points were the fewest they've scored in a first half this season.
Greg Monroe had nine points and 17 of Detroit's 41 rebounds. Reserves Kleiza and Gary Forbes finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Raptors, who also got 10 rebounds from Solomon Alabi.
|Ben Gordon scores 19 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer to break a late tie and lead the Pistons past the Raptors. (Getty Images)|
|Detroit (24-40) «||14||15||24||23||76|
|TOR:D. DeRozan 16 Pts
TOR:S. Alabi 10 Reb
TOR:J. Johnson 4 Ast
|DET:B. Gordon 19 Pts
DET:G. Monroe 17 Reb
DET:R. Stuckey 6 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|A. Anderson, SG||35||2-12||0-0||2||3||3||4|
|B. Uzoh, PG||31||2-9||1-2||4||1||0||5|
|D. DeRozan, SG||28||7-15||1-2||1||3||2||16|
|A. Gray, C||17||3-4||0-0||7||1||3||6|
|A. Johnson, SF||14||1-3||0-0||2||1||1||2|
|E. Davis, PF||29||3-5||1-2||8||2||4||7|
|S. Alabi, C||24||2-7||2-2||10||0||3||6|
|L. Kleiza, SF||23||4-10||2-2||3||2||5||12|
|J. Johnson, PF||22||2-9||1-2||5||4||5||5|
|G. Forbes, SF||17||3-3||3-4||3||4||2||10|
|J. Magloire, C||Did Not Play|
|J. Calderon, PG||Did Not Play|
|A. Bargnani, C||Did Not Play|
|J. Bayless, PG||Did Not Play|
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|T. Prince, SF||36||3-8||3-4||4||0||0||9|
|G. Monroe, C||34||3-9||2-4||17||1||1||8|
|R. Stuckey, PG||32||1-7||5-6||3||6||2||7|
|B. Knight, PG||32||7-17||5-6||3||2||2||19|
|J. Maxiell, PF||19||1-5||1-4||3||0||2||3|
|B. Gordon, SG||28||6-11||6-8||2||2||0||19|
|J. Jerebko, SF||22||1-3||0-0||1||0||2||2|
|C. Villanueva, PF||19||3-6||0-0||3||1||1||7|
|B. Wallace, C||14||0-3||0-2||3||3||0||0|
|W. Bynum, PG||4||1-2||0-1||1||1||0||2|
|D. Wilkins, SG||Did Not Play|
|V. Macklin, PF||Did Not Play|
|W. Russell, PG||Did Not Play|
|A. Daye, SF||Did Not Play|
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