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DeRozan scores 42, Raptors clinch playoff spot with OT win

DETROIT (AP) In the final seconds of both regulation and overtime, DeMar DeRozan pushed the ball up the court and went straight toward the basket.

The first time, he threw down a dunk for the game's most spectacular highlight. Then a few minutes later, DeRozan had the ball in his hands again in a similar spot.

''I knew they would be more prone to collapse on me the next time,'' the Toronto star said.

With Detroit's defenders cutting off his path to the rim, DeRozan made a simple pass to Fred VanVleet, whose tiebreaking jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining gave the Raptors a 121-119 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night.

DeRozan finished with 42 points in the overtime win, and Toronto became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff berth this season.

''We need to be hardened and face some adversity,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. ''Tonight was one of those tests. I think each game we go into, everybody's going to give us their best shot.''

Toronto trailed by 17 in the second quarter but was able to outlast Blake Griffin and the Pistons in a back-and-forth thriller. With the score tied late in overtime, Detroit's Reggie Bullock missed an open 3-pointer with about five seconds left on the shot clock. The rebound went to DeRozan, who rushed into the frontcourt and got into the lane, where a couple defenders stood in his way. He passed to VanVleet in the left corner.

Until then, VanVleet was 1 for 9 from the field, but his shot from just inside the 3-point line gave Toronto the lead.

''To win the game at the end there makes me be able to sleep a little bit better at night,'' VanVleet said.

Griffin, who had tied the game with less than a second remaining in regulation, missed a 3-pointer on the final possession of overtime.

The Eastern Conference-leading Raptors have won six straight and 13 of 14. Detroit has lost four in a row and 10 of 12.

Toronto's Serge Ibaka was ejected in the second quarter.

After Griffin's three-point play put Detroit ahead 112-111 with 10.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Toronto was out of timeouts. But the Pistons lost DeRozan near midcourt, and he went all the way in for a dunk with 4.6 seconds left, drawing a foul in the process.

''We didn't do what we were supposed to do. I'm not going any further than that,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''I'm not going to throw someone under the bus, but we didn't do what we were supposed to do.''

DeRozan cut a finger, but he made the free throw to put the Raptors up by two. Griffin scored inside with 0.9 seconds left to tie it.

TIP-INS

Raptors: G Deion Wright left the game with a sprained big toe on his right foot, and F OG Anunoby was out with a sprained right ankle. ... Toronto trailed 59-45 at halftime before outscoring Detroit 40-25 in the third quarter.

Pistons: F Stanley Johnson missed the game because of back spasms.

STANDINGS

Toronto leads Boston by 2 1/2 games atop the East. Detroit is now five games out of the final playoff spot in the conference.

SPLIT CROWD

With Detroit located right on the border with Canada, there were plenty of Toronto fans on hand, and chants of ''Let's go Raptors!'' broke out periodically.

ERRORS

There were three turnovers in the final second of regulation. After Griffin's tying bank shot, the Raptors' inbound pass went out of bounds off a Toronto player around midcourt with 0.3 seconds to play. Then Griffin's long pass toward the basket went out without touching anyone, giving the ball back to the Raptors.

They tried a similar long pass, but the same thing happened.

''Neither one of us had timeouts,'' Casey said. ''Just kind of trying to give it back to each other.''

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host the NBA-leading Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Pistons: Host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
B. Griffin
23 PF
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
21.5 Pts. Per Game 21.5
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
7.6 Reb. Per Game 7.6
46.5 Field Goal % 43.4
46.2 Three Point % 43.1
82.9 Free Throw % 78.1
  Team rebound 0:00
  Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 2 Fred VanVleet made jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 0:01
  Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan 0:06
  Reggie Bullock missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:24
  DeMar DeRozan missed turnaround jump shot 0:29
+ 3 Blake Griffin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 0:37
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:49
  Team rebound 0:48
  Jonas Valanciunas missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:49
Team Stats
Points 121 119
Field Goals 45-100 (45.0%) 44-89 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 12-40 (30.0%) 13-26 (50.0%)
Free Throws 19-21 (90.5%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 57
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 36 41
Team 3 7
Assists 33 27
Steals 9 3
Blocks 7 6
Turnovers 10 17
Fouls 20 23
Technicals 1 1
42 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
31 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Raptors 47-17 271840297121
home team logo Pistons 29-36 233625305119
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 47-17 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Pistons 29-36 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Griffin PF 19.8 PPG 6.6 RPG 6.2 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 42 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
B. Griffin PF 31 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
45.0 FG% 49.4
30.0 3PT FG% 50.0
90.5 FT% 78.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 43 42 4 6 0 0 1 1 16/28 2/6 8/8 0 4 57 +9
N. Powell 28 17 4 0 0 1 0 3 7/12 3/5 0/0 1 3 22 +12
K. Lowry 41 15 7 15 4 0 1 3 4/8 3/7 4/5 1 6 55 +13
J. Valanciunas 31 14 11 3 2 3 3 1 6/13 1/4 1/1 3 8 33 -1
S. Ibaka 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 2 6 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 43 42 4 6 0 0 1 1 16/28 2/6 8/8 0 4 57 +9
N. Powell 28 17 4 0 0 1 0 3 7/12 3/5 0/0 1 3 22 +12
K. Lowry 41 15 7 15 4 0 1 3 4/8 3/7 4/5 1 6 55 +13
J. Valanciunas 31 14 11 3 2 3 3 1 6/13 1/4 1/1 3 8 33 -1
S. Ibaka 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 2 6 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Siakam 28 8 6 4 1 1 0 2 3/5 1/2 1/1 1 5 24 +1
C. Miles 21 8 3 1 1 0 2 3 2/8 2/7 2/2 1 2 12 +5
F. VanVleet 24 6 5 2 1 1 2 2 2/10 0/4 2/2 3 2 15 -14
J. Poeltl 17 4 2 1 0 0 1 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 +2
M. Miller 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 +1
L. Nogueira 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0 2 +1
D. Wright 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 3 -13
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Hayes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Anunoby - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 259 121 47 33 9 7 10 20 45/100 12/40 19/21 11 36 240 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 37 31 3 4 2 1 3 3 12/21 3/6 4/8 0 3 42 -1
R. Bullock 38 21 3 4 0 0 1 2 7/13 3/6 4/4 0 3 31 -18
I. Smith 37 14 1 7 0 0 3 1 6/10 2/2 0/0 0 1 26 -1
A. Drummond 37 10 21 2 0 2 3 5 5/14 0/0 0/0 7 14 34 -14
L. Kennard 30 9 6 3 0 0 1 4 3/8 2/3 1/2 0 6 20 +17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 37 31 3 4 2 1 3 3 12/21 3/6 4/8 0 3 42 -1
R. Bullock 38 21 3 4 0 0 1 2 7/13 3/6 4/4 0 3 31 -18
I. Smith 37 14 1 7 0 0 3 1 6/10 2/2 0/0 0 1 26 -1
A. Drummond 37 10 21 2 0 2 3 5 5/14 0/0 0/0 7 14 34 -14
L. Kennard 30 9 6 3 0 0 1 4 3/8 2/3 1/2 0 6 20 +17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Ennis III 36 14 5 4 0 1 1 4 4/6 0/2 6/6 1 4 27 -3
A. Tolliver 15 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/4 2/4 1/1 0 2 9 -4
D. Buycks 15 7 1 2 0 0 3 0 2/9 1/3 2/2 0 1 9 -1
E. Moreland 15 6 8 1 1 2 2 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 1 7 17 +15
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 119 50 27 3 6 17 23 44/89 13/26 18/23 9 41 215 -10