Fred Van Vleet atoned for a rough shooting night by sinking a deep two-pointer with one second to play to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 121-119 win over the Pistons in overtime Wednesday.
As the final seconds ticket off with the game tied at 119 DeMar DeRozan drove down the court. When he was double-teamed under his own basket he spotted Van Vleet open in the corner. He fired the ball to Van Vleet who sank the shot from just inside the three-point arc for the win.
Up until that point Van Vleet had made only one of nine shots from the field.
“You have a game like that it’s not a good feeling for you, but to win the game at the end there makes me be able to sleep a little bit better at night, but I still hold myself to a pretty high standard so overall I’m not happy with the performance but we got the win,” said Van Vleet to reporters after the game.
“At that moment with the time running down I just wanted to get set and DeMar made the right play, the right basketball play and threw it out to me a good pass and I just had to shoot an open shot.”
The win makes the Raptors the first NBA team this season to clinch a playoff spot.