Raptors first to playoffs as DeRozan delivers just in time

Sports | 9 Mar 2018

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 jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining gave the Raptors a 121-119 victory over the Pistons. DeRozan finished with 42 points in the overtime win, and Toronto became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff berth this season.

Toronto trailed by 17 points in the second quarter but were 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 three-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, and passed to VanVleet in the left corner.

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