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Pistons beat Raptors 110-107 to complete season sweep.

DETROIT (AP) For the second straight season, Dwane Casey has swept the season series between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors.

After his Raptors went 4-0 against the Pistons in 2017-18, Casey was fired in Toronto and crossed the border to replace Stan Van Gundy in Detroit.

The Pistons won two close games against Toronto earlier in the season, one by two points and one in overtime, then finished off the sweep with a 110-107 victory Sunday.

''This isn't about me. It is about these players,'' Casey said. ''They've played three close games against a great basketball team, and they've made the plays to win all of them.

''We've beaten the No. 2 team in the East three times, but that doesn't mean anything if we don't play this way in every game for the rest of the season.''

Blake Griffin scored 25 points, Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 20 points to help the Pistons win for the 14th time in their last 18 games.

''Every game counts for us right now, because we are in a playoff race,'' Drummond said. ''That's a team that very, very good and we beat them three straight times, but we can't celebrate right now. We've got a lot more games to go and we need to finish strong.''

Kawhi Leonard had 33 points for Toronto, and Fred VanVleet added 17 points in his first game back after missing 12 with a wrist injury. The Raptors have lost four of seven games.

''I think there's a lot to be happy about,'' Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. ''Freddy was, obviously, really good, and we can plug him back into our first unit. We just have to find someone to step up on the second unit.''

Drummond gave Detroit a 102-100 lead with two free throws with 1:25 to play. He then knocked the ball away from Leonard to set up Wayne Ellington's layup that made it 104-100.

''Marc (Gasol) almost had a steal on the play when it was 100-100, but Drummond makes the two free throws, and then we turn it over on the next possession,'' Nurse said. ''Drummond and Griffin made some big plays at the end.''

Earlier in Drummond's career, when he was the worst free-throw shooter in league history and played out of control in transition, that sequence would have been unthinkable.

''There were times earlier this season where Andre would have gotten that loose ball, run over someone and thrown it into the stands,'' Casey said. ''But he's done a lot of growing this season. He's learned to be patient and make the right play, and he's worked on his free throws.''

Leonard hit two free throws, but Griffin answered with a basket in the paint.

Griffin, though, missed two free throws with two seconds left and a three-point lead. The Pistons fouled Leonard, who missed both shots, with Drummond grabbing the rebound off the intentional second miss.

TIP INS

Raptors: Kyle Lowry missed his second straight game because of a sprained left ankle. . Gasol finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, narrowly missing his sixth career triple-double.

Pistons: Detroit hadn't swept a season series over the Raptors in 10 years. ... Three years after shooting an NBA-record 35.5 percent from the line, Drummond is shooting 84 percent in the final five minutes of close games.

VANVLEET READY TO GO

Nurse said before the game that he wasn't sure how many minutes VanVleet would play in his first game since Feb. 9, but didn't expect it to be many. In the end, VanVleet ended up playing 31 minutes and finished the game on the first unit.

''It was actually less than I expected,'' VanVleet said. ''I have the reverse approach to trying to work my way back in. I just force myself to go out there and play through it. Being a professional means jumping back in as seamlessly as possible.''

ONE MORE STEP

Casey doesn't believe Drummond has reached his potential as a shooter. While an early-season experiment with using him as a 3-point option didn't pay off - he made five of 37 attempts - his coach still thinks it has a future.

''People laugh when I say this, but there's going to be a point where Andre is hitting 3-pointers,'' Casey said. ''We tried it early in the season, and he wasn't ready, but the way that young man works, it is a skill he's going to develop.''

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host New York on Monday night.

Pistons: At Cleveland on Monday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:01
  Kawhi Leonard missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:01
  Kawhi Leonard missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  TOR team rebound 0:01
  Personal foul on Blake Griffin 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard 0:01
  Blake Griffin missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
  DET team rebound 0:02
  Blake Griffin missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Pascal Siakam 0:02
  Offensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard 0:04
Team Stats
Points 107 110
Field Goals 39-82 (47.6%) 39-83 (47.0%)
3-Pointers 18-36 (50.0%) 8-27 (29.6%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 24-27 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds 42 51
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 31 33
Team 4 7
Assists 25 23
Steals 2 8
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 0 0
33 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
15 PTS, 17 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Raptors 49-21 21263723107
home team logo Pistons 36-33 25252832110
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 49-21 106.0 PPG 43.5 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Pistons 36-33 92.5 PPG 44.5 RPG 22.5 APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF 31.0 PPG 5.0 RPG 3.5 APG 62.5 FG%
B. Griffin PF PPG RPG APG 0.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 33 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
B. Griffin PF 25 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
47.6 FG% 47.0
50.0 3PT FG% 29.6
78.6 FT% 88.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 33 10 2 11/21 5/8 6/8 2 36 1 1 1 4 6 +11 48
D. Green 12 3 4 4/9 4/8 0/0 1 30 0 0 1 0 3 +8 22
P. Siakam 12 3 3 6/13 0/2 0/0 6 32 1 0 1 0 3 -7 21
M. Gasol 9 11 8 3/7 1/4 2/2 2 36 0 1 2 1 10 +12 35
J. Lin 3 2 3 1/4 1/2 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 2 +1 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 33 10 2 11/21 5/8 6/8 2 36 1 1 1 4 6 +11 48
D. Green 12 3 4 4/9 4/8 0/0 1 30 0 0 1 0 3 +8 22
P. Siakam 12 3 3 6/13 0/2 0/0 6 32 1 0 1 0 3 -7 21
M. Gasol 9 11 8 3/7 1/4 2/2 2 36 0 1 2 1 10 +12 35
J. Lin 3 2 3 1/4 1/2 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 2 +1 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
F. VanVleet 17 1 4 6/10 4/5 1/2 3 31 0 0 2 0 1 -4 24
N. Powell 10 1 1 4/8 1/4 1/1 1 17 0 0 2 0 1 -11 11
O. Anunoby 8 3 0 3/7 1/2 1/1 2 18 0 0 3 1 2 -5 8
P. McCaw 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 -4 1
K. Lowry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ibaka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Meeks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 38 25 39/82 18/36 11/14 22 225 2 2 12 7 31 +1 181
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 25 8 3 9/21 4/8 3/5 5 32 0 0 5 2 6 -2 34
R. Jackson 20 2 4 5/10 2/3 8/9 1 24 1 0 0 0 2 -8 31
A. Drummond 15 17 1 5/8 0/0 5/5 2 33 2 0 1 4 13 -7 35
W. Ellington 9 2 1 4/10 1/6 0/0 3 25 0 0 1 0 2 0 12
B. Brown 2 1 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 0 14 1 0 0 0 1 -3 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 25 8 3 9/21 4/8 3/5 5 32 0 0 5 2 6 -2 34
R. Jackson 20 2 4 5/10 2/3 8/9 1 24 1 0 0 0 2 -8 31
A. Drummond 15 17 1 5/8 0/0 5/5 2 33 2 0 1 4 13 -7 35
W. Ellington 9 2 1 4/10 1/6 0/0 3 25 0 0 1 0 2 0 12
B. Brown 2 1 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 0 14 1 0 0 0 1 -3 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Galloway 11 2 1 4/7 1/3 2/2 3 28 0 0 0 0 2 +11 15
Z. Pachulia 11 3 1 4/6 0/0 3/3 1 13 0 1 2 1 2 +9 15
I. Smith 8 5 8 4/9 0/2 0/0 0 23 3 0 0 4 1 +11 32
T. Maker 7 3 0 2/5 0/3 3/3 1 17 0 2 0 0 3 +3 12
L. Kennard 2 1 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 27 1 0 1 0 1 +1 9
K. Lucas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mykhailiuk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Calderon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 44 23 39/83 8/27 24/27 18 236 8 3 10 11 33 +15 201