Dalano Banton leads the Toronto Raptors to a much-needed win over the Detroit Pistons

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Monday, November 14, 2022

Despite the comeback attempt, the Toronto Raptors came out victorious with a 115-111 win over the Detroit Pistons. By no means was this a pretty game on the Raptors part, however, in the pivotal moments this team executed at a high level considering the situation that was being dealt to them.

Dalano Banton made the start for Toronto and was absolutely sensational, being the best player for the boys suited up in red and white. The Rexdale native finished with 27 points, which is a career-high. With Fred VanVleet sidelined for yet another game, Banton took the opportunity that was given to him and ran with it.

This was a very back-and-forth game in the early stages with both offences percolating. It wasn't until the third quarter that the Raptors started to pull away. Their defence was great for the most part, forcing 19 turnovers, which lead to 24 points off turnovers. However, due to all the absences that Toronto was dealing with, Juancho Hernangomez got extended time and made the most of it.

The reigning Eurobasket champion finished with nine points, and six rebounds, while also posting a game-high +11 plus/minus. Another important bench piece for Toronto was Chris Boucher with 20 points and four rebounds. He found his rhythm with his jump shot and even made three mid-range shots in a row during the second quarter.

Toronto was able to build a 14-point lead and really put themselves in a position that seemed like they had a comfortable grasp of this game. However, witnessing what happened in their last game against the Indiana Pacers there was no assurance that this team would be able to hold a lead. That concern proved to be worthwhile as Detroit made its run.

Jaden Ivey had another great game without Cade Cunningham finishing with 21 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. Alec Burks was great with 15 points off the bench, including some timely baskets pulling the Pistons back in the game, and even down just a single point.

Momentum was all on the side of the Pistons, but big plays down the stretch propelled Toronto to the victory. Jeff Dowtin will get a lot of credit with a clutch block in the final moments to seal the win.

Toronto gets back in the win column and improves to 8-7 on the season. They will get ready to face a team they've already seen twice, that being the Miami Heat on Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET.