Kyle Lowry returns, Raptors beat Pistons 105-102

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For the first time since undergoing surgery on his wrist in early March, Lowry was listed as questionable to play Wednesday, and the team has now clarified that the All-Star will return to action following an absence of almost seven weeks. Following Wednesday's win, the Raptors had Thursday off and now get set to play host to Miami on Friday night, Toronto's final home game of the regular season, before closing out the year with a Sunday matinee in NY against the Knicks and Wednesday night in Cleveland.

The Pistons fouled Valanciunas, who split the free throws for a three-point margin, but the Pistons missed on two potential tying attempts in the final seconds.

The Raptors would hold on for a 105-102 win. In that span, the Raptors outscored Detroit 24-11 and shot 83.3 percent from the field.

Anyone who watched Kyle Lowry work out pre-game in Indy Tuesday night must have wondered when Toronto's floor general would return from his surgically repaired wrist.

He was asked post-game for a self-assessment. "It's something I'm looking forward too, I'm real excited for it". "I'm dead. But we won and that's all that mattered". And despite how good Joseph and Patterson have been, that unit recording a commanding net rating of +14.1 still says a lot about how much Lowry does to help them score.

In all seriousness, absolutely no one other than Lowry and players such as DeMar DeRozan could have imagined this kind of night, which began with Lowry getting his feet mainly as a passer before he began to impose his will.

I'm not looking at numbers, amount of time, just for him to get a feel and get his sea legs back, game condition back. The best part about Lowry's absence, though, is that they didn't just rest on their laurels and fall apart without him. No words can put in context to explain it. "If I'm going to come back, I'm going to go out there and play basketball with no limitations", Lowry said.

"It's not unfamiliar. It was nothing unexpected of him".

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Lowry's three-point play made it a two-point game with 3:30 remaining, a strong and decisive move to the rim that would see Lowry initiate contact with Andre Drummond.

Lowry's wrist injury forced him to undergo surgery and it wasn't even guaranteed that he would return by the start of the postseason.

The Raptors started chipping away behind the three-point shot. On a back-to-back, the Raptors looked to be cooked in the first half, as the Pistons took a 20-point lead.

Morris answered with a 3-pointer 12 seconds later to tie it again, but the Raptors surged, with a lay-in by Valanciunas and a jumper by DeRozan with 25.6 seconds left, for their largest lead, 104-100.

It was also DeRozan who fed Jonas Valanciunas for a basket.

Some will argue that it's never too late to show contrition and in the case of Lance Stephenson and the Raptors all will not be forgotten.

The Toronto Raptors are performed well in their recent games.

Outside of the Kermit Washington sucker punch that landed on the jaw of Rudy Tomjanovich, the most infamous off-court incident came here at the Palace, the Malice at the Palace triggered by Ron Artest when he went into the crowd as a member of the Pacers. The Pistons have won 15 of the last 22 home games. The Detroit Pistons, meanwhile, have lost nine of their last 11 games and need to win their final five games to have any chance at the playoffs.

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