Jodie to the Rescue! Late Meeks Triple Lifts Pistons Over Raptors, 114-111

Jodie Meeks connected on a last minute three to give Pistons a four point cushion that’d ultimately hold, completing another Detroit Pistons comeback effort and securing a 114-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The Pistons did themselves no favors in the first twelve minutes of Monday night’s contest. A sleepy defensive showing resulted in 32 first quarter Raptors points on 62.5 percent shooting. Things looked bleak early for Stan Van Gundy & company, as Toronto would hold their 12 point first quarter advantage all the way to intermission.

But as has become custom of late for this new-look bunch, the Pistons stormed back in the second half. An 8-0 third quarter run brought them within striking distance, before eventually taking a lead of their own on a Brandon Jennings free throw.

In a see-saw fourth quarter affair, it would be the Detroit bench who would leave a lasting impression. First, back-to-back Jonas Jerebko jumpers swung the lead back in the Pistons favor. Then, protecting a one point lead with just under a minute remaining, things began to look dire.

As Brandon Jennings was double teamed at half-court, the Raptors forced a loose ball, nearly coming up with a turnover and potential open-floor opportunity. Instead, Jennings scrapped, found possession, and somehow was able to find Jerebko up top, who then swung the ball seamlessly to Jodie Meeks for a dagger triple, pushing the Pistons lead to four.

The Raptors would fight back, even earning an opportunity to regain the lead with 10 seconds remaining, but a Kyle Lowry floater went long, leading to a Toronto foul and two clinching Kentavious Caldwell-Pope free throws.

In all, the Pistons were led by Brandon Jennings, who scored 20 gargantuan second half points, leading all scorers with 34 in full. He also chipped in 10 assists for good measure.

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Meanwhile, Detroit had zero answers inside for Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, who tallied a career-high 31 points, on 14-15 shooting (yes, you read that correctly, he missed one shot all night).

Key Notes & Observations

  • Greg Monroe & Andre Drummond registered yet another set of double-doubles. Monroe finished with 22 & 10, Drummond 10 & 14.
  • The Raptors had seven players in double figures Monday night.
  • Jodie Meeks scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Next Game: Wednesday, Jan. 14; New Orleans Pelicans @ Detroit Pistons; 7:30 p.m., FSD

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