The Toronto Raptors (19-8) picked up a win on Wednesday night 112-99 against the Detroit Pistons (11-17). This is the third straight win for the Raptors, which propels them past the Philadelphia 76ers (20-9) and into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. After a rough 2-4 start to the month, this win puts them back in the positive with a 5-4 record for December.

Top Performing Raptors

Kyle Lowry had a phenomenal game. His 20 point, 10 assist, and 10 rebound performance secured his fifteenth career triple-double. Lowry’s productive contributions from multiple areas on the court is a key component to Toronto’s success. His versatility allows the Raptors better opportunities on the fast break and in half-court settings. Opposing teams have to respect his shot as well and his elite play making in the pick and roll.

Pascal Siakam’s game-high 26 points came from 54.6% (6/11) shooting from beyond the arc. When he’s efficient from deep it opens up the rest of his game. This allows Siakam to assert himself, allowing for consistently good post position and giving him easier scoring opportunities.

Serge Ibaka’s 13 point third quarter opened the flood gates and made the lead insurmountable for the Pistons. Ibaka finished with a season-high 25 points on the night. His 13 rebounds were a team-high and helped keep the rebound battle respectable against Andre Drummond despite the loss of Marc Gasol to injury in the game. Speaking of which, Adrian Wojnarowski has just reported that Marc Gasol is expected to miss weeks with a left hamstring injury.

The Injury Bug Strikes Again

Gasol’s left hamstring wasn’t the only injury the Raptors suffered from this contest. Norman Powell, who has been playing terrifically, was injured late in the fourth quarter. He left the game with an apparent left-shoulder injury. He missed 21 games last season with a similar injury.

The two join Fred VanVleet (right-knee contusion) on the injury list. Their tough December schedule will only get tougher with the loss of three key players. Toronto faced this same adversity before with injuries to Ibaka and Lowry in November. The “next man up” mentality this team has is one of their key strengths. Fans can expect players like Terrance Davis and Chris Boucher to step up and perform as they did during that stretch.

Up Next For The Raptors

The Raptors return to Scotiabank Arena on Friday night to face Bradley Beal and the struggling Washington Wizards (8-18). Despite their struggles the Wizards are an extremely potent offensive team and without Marc Gasol anchoring their defence the Raptors may have a challenge on their hands.