The season isn’t even half over yet and fans in Detroit were already calling last night’s game against Portland a “must win”. Fans across the Motor City sensed a lack of consistency with the Pistons and felt a win in Portland on a west coast road trip could be the turning point of the season. Through Detroit’s “Big 3”, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Pistons won an instant double OT classic in Portland 125-124.
Reggie Jackson scored 31 points, Andre Drummond dropped 28, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sank in 26 points as well. It was undoubtedly the best combined offensive game for the Pistons “Big 3”. Through the likes of Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum, the Trailblazers managed to make this game incredibly interesting.
The bout was very evenly matched throughout, but with 9.4 seconds and the Pistons being down two points, KCP stepped up and buried the game winning 3 pointer.
Of course this only counts as one win in the standings, but fans in Detroit viewed this game as a stepping stone for the young team. The Pistons win came with a lot of mental toughness and willpower. These are two things many people thought Detroit lacked in the early part of the regular season.
The Pistons improve to (18-21) on the season and remain only 1.5 games out of the playoffs and 2.5 games behind the current 5th seed. Detroit will play at Sacremento (15-22) Tuesday night.
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