There was little more on the line than pride and lottery position on Sunday night, but the Detroit Pistons all but assured themselves of a 10th place finish in the 15-team Eastern Conference on Sunday night. Detroit entered the night just a game ahead of the Toronto Raptors in the standings, but the Pistons' 76-73 victory moves them two games in front of Toronto and assures the Raptors of a slightly better chance of winning the NBA Draft Lottery.
Brandon Knight and Ben Gordon each had 19 points as Detroit prevailed in the low scoring affair. Rodney Stuckey hit one of two free throws with 17 seconds left to put Detroit in front 75-73. Alan Anderson then missed a three-point attempt with eight seconds remaining allowing Gordon to rebound the ball.
Gordon then hit one of two free throws for the final margin, as Toronto's last gasp three point attempt was off the mark.
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