With three starters spending much of the night in foul trouble, Lyles and Jackson came off the bench to play an important role in the win.
“We need to be ready when we come out to play on the road, and we didn’t do that tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We know how fast the Raptors can get back into a game, so we didn’t want to give them that chance.”
Jackson started the fourth with a 3-pointer, giving the Pistons their first 20-point lead of the season, but VanVleet’s 3-pointer made it 91-83 with 3:39 to play.
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Cunningham and Barnes played a year together at Monteverde Academy, but Barnes doesn’t see any rivalry developing between the two as they contend for Rookie of the Year.
“That’s my brother out there, and it means a lot for both of us to be able to play on the same NBA floor,” Barnes said.