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Pistons stun Raptors 106-104 in Casey's return to Toronto

TORONTO (AP) Dwane Casey's return to Toronto delivered drama right up until the final second.

Reggie Bullock made the winning shot as time expired and the Detroit Pistons rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Raptors 106-104 on Wednesday night, giving Casey an emotional victory over his former team.

''I felt good for the players,'' Casey said. ''We were 19 down and didn't give up, didn't stop scrapping, didn't give in.''

Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway each scored 13 and Stanley Johnson had 12 points for the Pistons, who had lost six of eight.

''He would never say it, but anytime you come back to a place you spent so much time at, had so much success and obviously the fans love him here, to win Coach of the Year and switch jobs in the same year is tough,'' Griffin said of Casey. ''I think it meant a lot to him. I was just proud of the way we came back and responded.''

Casey raised his arms in triumph, pumped his fist, then ran onto the court to celebrate with his team after Bullock's tiebreaking basket in the lane.

''It was obviously good to be able to see a coach come from the other end of the court and celebrate with his players,'' Bullock said.

Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and Pascal Siakam and Greg Monroe each had 17 for the Raptors, who have lost consecutive home games after a 7-0 start. Toronto (12-3) also failed to match the best start in franchise history. The Raptors went 13-2 to begin the 2014-15 season.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who blossomed under Casey's leadership, was left fuming afterward about multiple Toronto miscues, including a blown coverage on the final play.

''It's a good win for him,'' Lowry said. ''I'm sure he's happy, but we're not happy. I'm not happy for him. We should have won the game.''

Toronto had won six straight over the Pistons, and nine of the previous 11 meetings.

Detroit trailed 88-77 to begin the fourth but took its first lead since the opening quarter, 98-97, on a jump shot by Jackson with 4:54 remaining.

Leonard tied it at 104 by making a jumper with 38 seconds to go. Griffin missed a jumper at the other end and Lowry grabbed the rebound, giving Toronto 10 seconds to try a go-ahead shot. Leonard brought the ball up but lost it out of bounds with 2 seconds to go.

After Siakam blocked Glenn Robinson's shot out of bounds, Detroit took the ball under the basket with 1.2 seconds left. Jose Calderon inbounded to a cutting Bullock, who won it with his buzzer-beater.

''I was pretty much butt-naked under the basket,'' Bullock said. ''I got the ball and just floated it.''

Monroe played a season-high 21 minutes because starting center Serge Ibaka sat out with a sore right knee. Jonas Valanciunas started in his place.

The Raptors lost another starter when guard Danny Green left with a sore lower back in the third quarter. He did not return.

Toronto coach Nick Nurse expects Ibaka to return Friday at Boston, but said Green's status is unknown.

Fans stood and cheered when Casey was introduced before the game, and roared in approval when a video tribute was shown during the first timeout. Players from both benches also stood and applauded as Casey acknowledged the crowd with a wave.

''He was drawing up a play,'' Griffin said. ''They had finished the video, everybody started clapping. I was watching the video, and the play. He was about to go over it again and I was like, `Coach, you've got to stand up. You deserve that.'''

Casey went 320-238 in seven seasons with the Raptors, more wins than any other coach in franchise history. He was selected NBA Coach of the Year after Toronto set a team record with 59 wins last season, but had been fired by the time he received the award. Casey was let go after the Raptors were swept in the second round of the playoffs by Cleveland, their third straight postseason defeat at the hands of the Cavaliers.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Calderon spent parts of eight seasons with the Raptors and is the franchise leader in assists (3,770). . This was the sixth time a Detroit game was decided by three or fewer points, tied with Chicago for most in the NBA.

Raptors: F C.J. Miles, who left Monday's loss to New Orleans because of a strained right adductor, was inactive. There is no timetable for his return. ... For the second straight game, the Raptors missed nine of their first 10 attempts from 3-point range. They finished 4 for 20.

CONFIDENCE IN COACH

Griffin said he wasn't surprised at Casey's ability to draw up two late-game plays. Casey was not considered strong at in-game play-calling during his Toronto tenure.

''It isn't like we just discovered this for the first time today,'' Griffin said. ''Maybe to Toronto fans or certainly their GM, maybe it was a surprise, but not to us.''

WEAK FINISH

Toronto had eight turnovers in the fourth and scored 16 points, its fewest in any quarter this season.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host Cleveland on Monday night.

Raptors: At Boston on Friday 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 %
+ 2 Reggie Bullock made fade-away jump shot, assist by Jose Calderon 0:00
  Team rebound 0:01
  Glenn Robinson III missed alley-oop shot, blocked by Pascal Siakam 0:01
  Out of bounds turnover on Kawhi Leonard 0:02
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry 0:10
  Blake Griffin missed floating jump shot 0:11
  Personal foul on Kawhi Leonard 0:23
+ 2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot 0:38
  Team rebound 0:48
  Reggie Jackson missed floating jump shot 0:49
+ 2 Kyle Lowry made driving layup 1:06
Team Stats
Points 106 104
Field Goals 44-93 (47.3%) 45-92 (48.9%)
3-Pointers 10-33 (30.3%) 4-20 (20.0%)
Free Throws 8-13 (61.5%) 10-17 (58.8%)
Total Rebounds 49 59
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 32 37
Team 8 10
Assists 24 23
Steals 8 9
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 17 20
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 1 1
30 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST
26 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pistons 7-6 26272429106
home team logo Raptors 12-3 31342316104
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 7-6 109.0 PPG 47.5 RPG 21.7 APG
home team logo Raptors 12-3 115.8 PPG 45.5 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
B. Griffin PF 25.6 PPG 9.1 RPG 5.0 APG 47.1 FG%
K. Leonard SF 26.2 PPG 8.2 RPG 3.0 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Griffin PF 30 PTS 12 REB 3 AST
K. Leonard SF 26 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
47.3 FG% 48.9
30.3 3PT FG% 20.0
61.5 FT% 58.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 39 30 12 3 3 2 5 2 13/22 3/8 1/2 1 11 48 +6
R. Jackson 27 13 1 6 0 0 3 2 6/14 1/4 0/0 0 1 23 +3
A. Drummond 35 11 14 2 0 1 1 3 5/15 0/0 1/4 6 8 29 -3
G. Robinson III 17 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/2 4/5 0 1 7 -7
R. Bullock 28 5 1 2 2 0 1 3 2/9 1/7 0/0 0 1 11 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 39 30 12 3 3 2 5 2 13/22 3/8 1/2 1 11 48 +6
R. Jackson 27 13 1 6 0 0 3 2 6/14 1/4 0/0 0 1 23 +3
A. Drummond 35 11 14 2 0 1 1 3 5/15 0/0 1/4 6 8 29 -3
G. Robinson III 17 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/2 4/5 0 1 7 -7
R. Bullock 28 5 1 2 2 0 1 3 2/9 1/7 0/0 0 1 11 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Galloway 30 13 2 2 0 0 2 4 5/8 2/5 1/1 0 2 17 +7
S. Johnson 22 12 2 1 2 0 0 3 5/8 2/5 0/0 0 2 18 +5
I. Smith 20 8 2 5 0 1 0 2 4/8 0/1 0/0 0 2 21 -1
J. Leuer 6 4 4 1 1 0 2 3 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 3 9 +8
Z. Pachulia 5 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 0/0 1/1 1 0 3 -3
J. Calderon 5 0 1 2 0 1 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 -4
Z. Lofton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kennard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 106 41 24 8 5 17 24 44/93 10/33 8/13 9 32 191 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 34 26 9 4 3 0 6 2 10/18 0/2 6/8 0 9 40 +1
P. Siakam 29 17 7 2 1 1 1 4 8/12 1/1 0/1 2 5 29 0
K. Lowry 38 14 7 7 0 0 5 1 6/10 1/3 1/2 1 6 30 -3
J. Valanciunas 26 14 6 0 0 1 3 4 6/12 0/1 2/2 2 4 18 +5
D. Green 20 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 9 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 34 26 9 4 3 0 6 2 10/18 0/2 6/8 0 9 40 +1
P. Siakam 29 17 7 2 1 1 1 4 8/12 1/1 0/1 2 5 29 0
K. Lowry 38 14 7 7 0 0 5 1 6/10 1/3 1/2 1 6 30 -3
J. Valanciunas 26 14 6 0 0 1 3 4 6/12 0/1 2/2 2 4 18 +5
D. Green 20 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 9 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Monroe 21 17 9 0 1 0 3 1 8/10 0/0 1/2 3 6 24 -7
O. Anunoby 23 7 3 2 2 1 0 3 3/12 1/6 0/2 2 1 17 +1
F. VanVleet 22 4 2 5 1 0 0 1 2/8 0/2 0/0 1 1 17 -16
D. Wright 14 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 1 6 -1
M. Richardson 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 1 -1
S. Ibaka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 49 23 9 3 20 19 45/92 4/20 10/17 12 37 191 -10